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    Default County Jail releases 72 prisoners due to budget constraints

    Summit County Jail releases 72 prisoners

    AKRON, Ohio The Summit County Jail on Sunday afternoon released 72 inmates after budget constraints and staffing shortages forced the closures of two housing units at the lockup, according to the sheriff's office.

    The mass release happened without incident about 12:30 p.m., said Summit County Sheriff Inspector Bill Holland.

    The prisoners, all of whom are low-level offenders, have received alternative punishments, Holland said.

    Some inmates were sentenced to house arrest or GPS monitoring. Others were sent to treatment programs, he said.

    The jail's capacity is reduced to 522 inmates, Holland said.

    "We have run the course, and we have run the gamut, and we are out of options," Sheriff Steve Barry told Northeast Ohio Media Group in December. "Safety has to become the main priority."

    Three former inmates arrested hours after release from Summit County Jail, one already back in jail

    AKRON, Ohio Three former Summit County Jail inmates set free Sunday due to budget constraints were accused of committing other crimes in the hours since their release.

    Michael S. Coon, 33, of Barberton, Robert Edwards, 57, and Rodney Yates II, 32, both of Akron, have been charged with crimes since being released from the jail.

    The Summit County Sheriff's Office released the list of the 71 inmates who were allowed to walk out of jail because of a $3.6 million budget shortfall. The county originally said it released 72 inmates, but records reflect otherwise.

    Summit County officials addressed the mass release and subsequent arrests Tuesday afternoon.

    Edwards was released in the midst of a 150-day jail sentence for three attempted dine-and-dashes in one month. He was arrested about 11 hours after being released from the jail, accused of the same crime.

    Edwards stole $63 worth of food at Cilantro in downtown Akron about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police. He told employees he forgot his money and would pay it in the morning. Akron police, however, arrived at the restaurant and issued Edwards a court summons for theft.

    Edwards was sentenced for running a similar scheme on three other occasions since Nov. 11. Edwards also ordered $50 in food and drinks from El Rancho on Nov. 30 and $97 in food and drinks from 3-Point restaurant on Dec. 11.

    He also served a 120-day jail sentence earlier in 2014 for eating $46 worth of food at The Game restaurant inside Canal Park and refusing to pay.

    Coon was revived by medics using Narcan after he overdosed on heroin some seven hours after his release.

    Barberton police found him about 7 p.m. lying on the bathroom floor of a West Summit Street home. He was charged with possessing the hypodermic needle and spoon police say they found near him in the bathroom.

    Yates is accused Monday of stealing a $110 coat from Sears at Chapel Hill Mall and walking around with an open bottle of LaSalle vodka. He and another man were taunting customers of the store and trying to pick fights with them, police reports say. Yates was banned from the mall in 2013, according to court records.

    He was charged in Akron Municipal Court with theft, criminal trespassing and having an open liquor container and was booked back into the Summit County Jail on Monday.

    Yates was sentenced on Dec. 18 to serve 30 days in jail for assault and criminal trespassing in Tallmadge, but his sentence was cut short on Sunday by the mass inmate release.

    Others who were released include a man accused of being a habitual drunken driver, and a man who is accused of lying about a man being shot in the head on his porch.

    Most are low-level felons, people serving short sentences for misdemeanor crimes or convicts who violated their probation. Others are being held in jail because they were unable to post bond in on-going criminal cases.

    The man facing the highest-level felony that was released on Sunday is Daniel Ladow, 23, of Akron.

    Ladow was charged with third-degree felony robbery in Stow Municipal Court. His bond was set at $50,000 and his case was sent to be reviewed by a county grand jury.

    Ladow is accused of stealing items from a man's car on Dec. 9 in Cuyahoga Falls. The man confronted Ladow, who bit the man's right forearm and choked him, court records say.

    Ladow fled, but was eventually taken into custody by Cuyahoga Falls police.

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    We put people in jail for attempted dine and dash? There has to be a better punishment for skipping on a $20 meal at Denny's than jail time.
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    I have no problem with first time offenders, misdemeanor and low level non violent offenders being released...we have too many people in prison and it's becoming an industry in some areas. Some people are sitting in jail awaiting trial for no other reason than not owning anything that can be put up for collateral to obtain bail

    violent offenders, felons and repeat offenders, especially of the same crime (like the dine and dasher and the DUI) should be kept behind bars

    I can't help but wonder if the guy who killed my nephew would have been kept in jail if the guidelines were changed to only incarcerate the violent, felons, and repeat offenders who were facing serious jail time if convicted.



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