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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Some inmates at the Utah County Jail may get to leave early because of overcrowding.

Sheriff James Tracy is looking at issuing Global Positioning System ankle monitors to one-hundred work-release inmates because the jail is so packed.

Tracy says if the jail is not expanded within the next 24-months, the limits will be exhausted.

Tracy said they're double-bunked everywhere. He said he's at the point where he has no other choice then to start sending people out the door.

However, Utah County commissioners are aware of the overcrowding problem and yesterday took some initial steps to ease the situation. They signed off on an agreement with architects to draft a design for jail expansion. Expansion is estimated to cost between 12 (M)million dollars and 18 (M)million dollars.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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