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Early jail releases surge in California as response to overcrowding




Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of
Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "non-serious" crimes to county jails.
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Thousands of prisoners are let out early each month in California as part of an effort to shift low-level offenders from state prisons to local jails, and to release the least dangerous offenders to make more room for more serious criminals. A Los Angeles Times investigation has found that the policy has had some unintended consequences. 

LA Times reporter Paige St. John talked with Take Two about the investigation.