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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 11/ 8/2010

Fewer local inmates in Alexandria jail

By Washington Post editors

Drug dealers in the Alexandria jail wait for sentencing, and identity thieves count the days until their release. But senior officials in the sheriff's office are counting something else: heads, WAMU reports.

According to Inmate Records Director Ron Wise, the jail has about 100 fewer local inmates than it did four years ago.

"Most people believe that when the economy goes south that crime increases, but it seems that just the opposite has been the case," he says.

Wise says nobody's really sure what's behind the trend.

Read more about local inmates and the Alexandria jail on WAMU.com.

By Washington Post editors  | November 8, 2010; 11:29 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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City and county jails renting out beds to the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration service brings in big money. I would not be suprised to learn that local inmates were being released early or put on probation to make room for the "paying customers."

Posted by: buffysummers | November 8, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

This is simple. There are fewer illegal aliens living here since the real estate bust.

Thousands of them self deported. I guess we could call this a silver lining.

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | November 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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