FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A few inmates at the Allen County jail got an early ride home when the prosecutor's office opted to let some inmates free before they served their full sentence.
Those who were let go had less than 30 days left on their sentences, and none were violent offenders.
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"A lot of these cases were ones where they violated some release condition," says Allen County Prosecutor Chief Deputy Michael McAlexander. "They were at the end of their sentence."
They aren't the only ones having to do this.
"We had 105 beds and at one time 130 inmates," says DeKalb County Sheriff David Cserep.
He says the jail has been at maximum capacity for some time, has even had to send some inmates to other counties in order to keep them in the jail system.
He says only a few inmates were allowed to leave the jail early, and all had underlying health conditions.
"That could be exasperated by COVID-19," he says. "Then we had a medical nurse give us that recommendation to clear them if they could be clear as non-violent."