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Oregon slaying underscores jail's overcrowding problem

from The Associated Press via The Bulletin

The suspect in a fatal shooting of a Salem, Ore., man was released from the Marion County Jail less than one month before, once again drawing attention to the jail that officials say is overcrowded and underfunded. Last year, almost 14,000 offenders came through the Marion County Jail, although the facility has capacity only for 405. The Salem Statesman Journal reports that means correctional staff weigh the relative risks of potential inmates daily in making release decisions. more


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