Overcrowded Colorado jail schedules early inmate releases

Colorado News

DENVER, Colo. — Officials say a group of 31 inmates was scheduled to be released from the Jefferson County Detention Center Sunday due to overcrowding at the jail. The Denver Post reported a $5.5 million budget cut forced officials to close a floor of the facility in Golden Jan. 1.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement this is the first time since the closure that the jail has been forced to release inmates before completion of their full sentences. Officials say inmates must be released before the population rises to just below 1,200.

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