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L.A. Sheriff Frees Inmates, Cites Budget

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L.A. Sheriff Frees Inmates, Cites Budget

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L.A. Sheriff Frees Inmates, Cites Budget

L.A. Sheriff Frees Inmates, Cites Budget

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The Los Angeles County sheriff has released thousands of jail inmates in the past year, long before they finished serving their sentences. Sheriff Lee Baca says budget cuts made him do it — otherwise, he'd have to take some patrolling deputies off the streets. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.