Q: Will she serve all 45 days?
A: Probably not. Hilton will serve about 18 days, Baca said Friday. State law requires that inmates get time off their sentences for each day they serve. Hilton was expected to serve 23 days of her 45-day sentence. She has already served five days, according to the sheriff's department.
Q: Are other inmates usually released before they've served their full terms?
A: Yes. County jails are overcrowded, Baca said, and most misdemeanor offenders serve just 10 percent of their sentence. "Under our 10 percent early release program, (Hilton) would have not served any time in our jail or would have been directly put on home electric monitoring system," he said Friday.
Q: Are other prisoners released because of medical conditions?
A: Yes. "It happens all the time," Whitmore said, depending on the nature of the offense. Nonviolent offenders typically serve 10 percent of their sentence, he said, adding that Hilton "has done twice as much (time) as any other person with a similar offense."