Freed inmate back behind bars after allegedly stealing jail pants

This article, also about Los Angeles County (see below post), also makes me wonder about their practices.  I understand why law enforcement, when seeing someone running around with jail-issued clothing on, would be concerned about a possible escape and would want to detain him until they could verify that he had not in fact escaped from a facility.  But why would you book him for stolen pants and why would you set bail at $20,000?  Trust me, the pants are not worth that much.  If I were a Los Angeles taxpayer, I would not want to pay one dime to house that man.


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