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Police Chiefs Demand Change In Inmate Cap

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Copter4 flew over the Adams County Jail in Brighton (credit: CBS)

Copter4 flew over the Adams County Jail in Brighton (credit: CBS)

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BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4)- Five police chiefs have demanded the Adams County Sheriff change a policy they claim endangers the public.

The chiefs said the sheriff is capping the number of prisoners from Aurora that can be detained at the jail because he doesn’t have enough staff to monitor them.

Chiefs from five cities, including Aurora, Commerce City and Westminster said the cap is unacceptable and dangerous.

“My point is that they are not just being charged with a misdemeanor today. It is that they have a history of failing to comply with the law, failing to appear in court, a history of significant violence, these folks belong in jail even if it is for modest misdemeanor sentences,” said Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates.

Oates said that in the past week seven of 19 prisoners sentenced were rejected from jail.

The police chiefs worry the sheriff will refuse even more prisoners during the summer months.

The Adams County Sheriff could not be reached for comment.

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