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Las Vegas resumes jail release program due to crowding

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 23:41:57-04
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 average daily inmate population at the downtown Clark County Detention Center and the satellite North Valley Complex climbed 20 percent.
The two facilities have a combined 3,076 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 program last year wasn't renewed in January because officials said jails had room.