Stumbling Block: Felons skip out on work-release program

Under attack for the Los Angeles County Jail’s policy of routinely allowing violent criminals into the community via work-release programs, Sheriff Sherman Block last month announced new strict policies for the program, while lashing out at other city officials who he claims should share some of the blame for problems with the program.

The program came under scrutiny after a Los Angeles Times investigation  reported that more than 25,000 inmates have been freed under work-release conditions in the last two years.

The program lets prisoners work at the sheriff’s office or other public agencies during the day, and return to their homes at night. The newspaper said they had been granted work release without even a cursory glance at their criminal histories.

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Excerpted from Law Enforcement News
Feb 14, 1997. 
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