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Las Vegas Resumes Jail Depopulation Program Due to Crowding

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas are again releasing non-violent offenders from jail, after head counts found they’re handling more than 700 more jail inmates per day than they have beds for.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that county officials were told Tuesday the average daily inmate population at the downtown Clark County Detention Center and the satellite North Valley Complex climbed this month to 4,455.

The two facilities have a combined 3,706 inmate beds.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo asked Clark County District Court Chief Judge David Barker earlier this month to let him release certain misdemeanor arrestees without bail before their cases reach court.

A similar jail depopulation program last year wasn’t renewed in January because officials said jails had room.

Since then, arrests are up some 20 percent.

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