Los Angeles releases inmates during the coronavirus crisis

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Los Angeles releases inmates during the coronavirus crisis.

Approximately 1,700 inmates have been released from Los Angeles County jails to lessen the inmate population during the coronavirus crisis, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said today.

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The releases lower the county’s jail population by about 10%, according to Villanueva.

Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced Tuesday additional pre-trial inmates will be released, but the number was not disclosed.

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Those inmates were approved for release by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Alternate Public Defender’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, according to a Los Angeles Superior Court official.

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