A California state senator who was sentenced to 90 days in prison for voter fraud was freed after only an hour due to jail overcrowding.
Roderick Wright, a Democrat, was forced to resign his seat in Sacramento four years ago after he was convicted of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud, Mediaite reported.
On Friday, Mr. Wright was processed, booked and released after just over an hour at the Los Angeles County jail.
The Washington Post reports that the jail did not have room for a nonviolent offender with no prior convictions.
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department insisted that the politician did not receive special treatment.
“A lot of people are not serving 100 percent of their time because of overcrowding,” the spokeswoman, Nicole Nishida, told the Sacramento Bee.
Mr. Wright will still have to complete 1,500 hours of community service and three years’ probation as part of his sentencing.