Saturday, May 24, 2003

Women benefit from jail order

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Some female inmates with misdemeanor convictions were released from the Hamilton County jail on Friday to comply with a federal court order intended to prevent overcrowding, Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. said.

The 1987 court order, which remains in effect, limits the jail's population to 1,240.

At one point Friday, 1,254 people were locked up.

Leis said he expected to release about 15 of the 302 women at the jail by the end of Friday, depending on the number of people brought in or allowed to leave on bond.

Leis chose women because the jail has fewer areas to house females.

The women released were convicted of nonviolent misdemeanor offenses, such as petty theft, drug abuse and traffic violations.

Inmate releases ordered by courts or the sheriff have occurred periodically to comply with the federal order.

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