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Multnomah County, Ore., jails report huge increase in early releases

from The Oregonian

More than 900 inmates have been let out of Oregon's Multnomah County jails this year because of crowding, eight times the number released in the past two years combined, sheriff's officials said. Inmates are released when the jails reach 95 percent capacity to make room for people facing more serious charges. The astounding spike this year — 908 releases to date, up from 82 in 2011 and 25 in 2010 — has drawn the attention of public safety leaders. A grand jury report on Multnomah County corrections released also raised alarm about emergency releases. The increase in emergency releases should "not be viewed as an anomaly, but rather as a serious upward trend," the grand jury report said. more

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