Inmates in Lane County are being released from jail by the dozens, but not for good behavior or finishing their sentences. It's because the county can't afford to house them.
Among the 92 freed inmates when an entire wing of the jail closed are three men awaiting trial on homicide or manslaughter charges.
Police said they admitted beating Alan Platt to death. The victim's family is outraged the suspects are out of jail.
"I'm angry he gets to go and enjoy his family, and be out and enjoy his freedom while my brother has none of that. He's gone and there's nothing that can bring him back. Nothing," said Alison Cavarra, Platt's sister.
The sheriff's department cut more than 60 positions and is only able to supervise 150 inmates and accused felons in the jail. The mass release is part of the effort to close a $100 million budget deficit.
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