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Jul 4, 2013 3:06 PM by Associated Press

Probation in the dark on some arriving inmates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - County probation officials say they aren't consistently getting required notice about inmates being released to their supervision, making it harder to monitor felons and potentially endangering the public.

The late notice puts additional pressure on an overburdened criminal justice system. Officials worry convicted felons are ending up on the streets without anyone helping or keeping an eye on them.

The issue came to light when probation officials complained they were given one-day notice in April before the release of Dustin Kinnear. He's accused of killing a woman on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Corrections spokesman Luis Patino says delays can occur after a short prison sentence, making it difficult to process paperwork in time, or when county courts haven't sent enough information on offenders to the state.

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