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Must-read: Thousands of Pinellas jail inmates released without a judge ever setting bail

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Now, don’t you all go get in a panic, but… Since November, more than 3,000 people have been released from custody this way in Pinellas County. Their charges ranged from minor misdemeanors to felonies like grand theft, battery and heroin possession. The Pinellas Sheriff’s Office saved at least $126 per person, the cost to house an inmate for a day — a total that jail officials think could come close to $1 million by year’s end — and had one…

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