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Inmates being released because jail too full

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County Jail officials are releasing alleged criminals in order to compensate for jail overcrowding, the Kitsap Sun reported Tuesday.

According to the Sun, those suspected of gross misdemeanors such as driving under the influence are being booked in and released from the jail on their own recognizance. Suspected felons and those allegedly involved in domestic violence are still being jailed until they appear in court.

KitsapThe jail has 421 beds and is currently 11 percent over capacity, the Sun reported, limiting the amount of people officials can book. As many as 13 DUI suspects were cited and released over the weekend.

Some wings in the jail are unused, but staffing levels are so low those wings can not be used, officials said.

Changing jailing standards has happened before to compensate for overcrowding and staff cuts.

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4 Comments to “Inmates being released because jail too full”

    JT said:
    May 22, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    And we’re about to lower the BAC level for drinking and driving…… Lol @ the system

    Joe said:
    May 22, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    I wonder if this is a ploy to raise taxes and make it sound like it absolutely necessary.

    deezy said:
    May 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    heres a novel idea take every person in on a weed charge and release them make room for a rapist

    guest said:
    May 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    And yet the continue to fund useless programs like geoduck preservation… who cares if people with multiple DUIs are still behind the wheel killing people, those geoducks need us!

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