A Michigan jail is releasing inmates early due to overcrowding.
Five female inmates are being released early from the Lenawee County Jail. Officials say they are not violent offenders and feel this is the best solution for overcrowding.
"We have 44 female beds, and we currently have 46 females in jail," explained Captain Dennis Steenrod.
This is the first time in three years that the number of women in the jail has outnumbered available beds, so a local judge is granting some inmates an early release.
"They are at the tail end of their sentence," Steenrod said. "They're non-violent misdemeants and the community would have no concerns…Bad checks…alcohol offenses, retail fraud. Things like that."
Lenawee County residents, however, had mixed feelings about the release.
"You do the crime, you do the time. That's how I look at it," said Sue Landry. "I feel they [aren't going to] learn anything from it if they get out early."
Fred Lowe disagreed completely, saying the early release might be a chance for the women to turn their lives around.
Above all, most people spoken to said they trust those in charge.
"I trust our court system," said Jana Schutte. "If they're not safe to be released, I don't think they'd be released."
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