Courts & Crime

Many inmates released early from California county's jail reoffend

FRESNO, Calif. -- At least one in three inmates released early from Fresno County Jail since 2008 has landed back in jail for new crimes -- sometimes within hours, an analysis by The Fresno Bee has found.

Many inmates were arrested and released repeatedly -- up to five times -- over a 28-month period.

It's unclear how many of the crimes might have occurred without early release. But Fresno police say the jail's revolving door is contributing to a recent spike in burglaries and auto thefts -- in part because repeat offenders know they have a good chance of getting released early.

Police and Fresno County judges warn that unless the Fresno County Sheriff's Office revamps how it handles early releases, problems with repeat offenders are likely to grow.

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