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Jail overcrowding and understaffing impacts sentencing decisions

Prison and jail capacities in North Dakota are reaching their limit, and according to State’s Attorney Ashley Lies, it’s impacting sentencing decisions for people committing crimes in Eddy County.

“It makes our offices look bad,” said Lies. “It makes law enforcement and state’s attorneys look bad, because people assume that we’re not doing our jobs when they see somebody not going to jail or getti...