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.
Freed inmate back behind bars after allegedly stealing jail pants