February 5, 2010 11:54 AM

Commentary: Bad PR shouldn't kill California prison population reduction plans

Here's a dirty little secret: Most inmates in California state prisons and county jails eventually get out and return to communities. Here's another dirty little secret: For years, overcrowded county jails have been releasing 9,100 pretrial inmates a month. They've also been releasing 9,300 sentenced inmates per month before they complete their sentences. Something's got to give.

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