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OC law & order: ACLU’s scathing report on jails, and Sheriff Hutchens’ decision to retire




The Booking and Release Center at the Orange County Jail is seen where Casey Anthony was released from on July 17th after being acquitted of murdering her daughter Caylee Anthony.
The Booking and Release Center at the Orange County Jail is seen where Casey Anthony was released from on July 17th after being acquitted of murdering her daughter Caylee Anthony.
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After almost a decade in office, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens decided she will not be seeking reelection.

It’s been a rough few years for the law enforcement department and it’s leader. The OC Sheriffs have been under fire for their handling of jailhouse informants and last year’s prison break. Hutchens’s announcement yesterday to stay out of the next election came shortly after the American Civil Liberties Union released a report on allegedly violent and inhumane conditions in OC County Jails. Hutchens is also expected to testify next week in a case that used a jailhouse informant. Regardless of all that controversy, the OC Sheriff has said she’s retiring because “forty years is enough.”

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Andre Mouchard, assistant managing editor of projects and investigations at Southern California News Group who’s been following the story

Frank Stoltze, KPCC correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues