Sheriff to publish names of judges who grant early release to inmates

CBS Denver: As concerns among many in Colorado rise over inmates being released early from jail on bond, one local sheriff has decided to take action in an effort to increase transparency. Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams announced on Monday afternoon that his agency would now publish not only the names, birthdays and charges of those being released on bond.

However, they would also include the bond amount and the name of the judge who ordered the release. Staff at the Weld County Jail, including Jail Captain Matt Turner, vocalized their support of the new information being published on the sheriff’s website.

“When a person is released from jail, the first question the community is going to ask is, ‘Why did this person get out and who released them?’” Turner told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas from inside the Weld County Jail.

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