Report: LA County inmates serve fraction of time

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A new report says inmates in Los Angeles County jails are being released early because of budget woes and overcrowding.

Public records examined by the Los Angeles Times show inmates behind bars for violence and sex crimes are being set free after serving as little as 40 percent of their sentence.

The newspaper says the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department so far this year released more than 23,000 inmates before their time was up, a jump from previous years.

Some county supervisors have voiced concerns about the early releases, saying it's unfair to victims of crime. But sheriff's officials say there's not enough money or resources to keep inmates jailed.

The department only releases inmates serving traditional county jail terms not prisoners who are released to the county.

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