Updated: March 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm
DENVER — Five municipal jail inmates from Aurora were released early Monday in a move the city blames on the Adams County sheriff.
For more than a year, Denver has housed some municipal inmates from Aurora for a fee after Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr began turning them away from his jail, citing an inmate population cap because of budget problems. Denver has now decided to end the agreement with Aurora because of overcrowding.
Aurora City Manager George Noe sent a letter to Darr on Friday, saying he has "every expectation" that the inmates, who have more than 100 arrests combined, will commit more crimes once they are released. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan added in a statement that his city was appealing to county leaders for help.
Aurora has sued the sheriff, questioning his ability to turn away inmates.
Aurora police said five inmates were released early and a sixth who was freed on bail Monday was expected to be formally released at a court hearing Wednesday.