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PRINEVILLE, Ore. -- In Oregon's Crook County, you won't find many crooks in jail.

For lack of capacity, the county releases inmates quickly, such as a man described as a transient who was accused of swiping a vintage car Sunday and crashing it into the river.

KTVZ-TV reports he was out the same day.

The jail at Prineville has 16 beds, and the county regularly rents 16 from neighboring Jefferson County.

Sheriff Jim Hensley says the problem has been chronic and makes criminals bolder.

The county hasn't asked voters to approve a jail levy for a decade -- after several failed.

But now that voters have approved a school levy, county officials say they're working on feasibility studies. Among the possibilities: converting a former hospital into a jail and justice center.

Related: Stolen Ford Model A crashed into Crooked River

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