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Sheriff Baca: "This Lady Has Severe Problems"

6/8/2007 7:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca claims there was simply no room at his jail for a "low-level offender" like Paris Hilton -- and her "severe" medical problems were only getting worse.

In a statement to the press, Baca said, "There's 20,000 inmates -- the largest jail system in the United States ... It's very overcrowded."

According to Baca, 90% of the inmates in L.A. County jail are serious felons -- many held on murder charges or attempted murder charges. Paris was one of the "low level" offenders -- who usually serve 10% of their sentences.

Baca also said that he reassigned Hilton based on "her severe medical problems," and confirmed TMZ's original story that her condition was mental. Baca said that her "increasingly deteriorating problems" were evaluated and added, "This lady has some severe problems."

Baca added that she was medicated when she originally entered the jail system ... and "I can't trust her tenuous status," referring to her mental state. "She had a severe problem," said Baca, "I need more cooperation from the courts and from the city attorney's office."

For now, Baca says he will comply with the court order and keep her behind bars -- "If there's any further deterioration, hopefully we'll be able to address it."

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Hottie n OC    

Tyring to cover his ass now!

2590 days ago
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meltz11    

LOL!!!!!!!!!!

2590 days ago
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Dani    

Alot of people in prison have severe mental issues....they don't get to go home

2590 days ago
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LRT    

SHE HAD A PARTY PLANNED FOR THIS EVENING...CUT ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!

2590 days ago
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Amanda    

She has severe problems?

hmmm... you think?

2590 days ago
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CoolGirl2008    

Sounds like baca has severe mental problems.

2590 days ago
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sasha    

1st

2590 days ago
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C Ya    

What is WRONG with this girl. What medical problems does she have?

2590 days ago
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Leah    

NONONONONO!!!!!!!!!!

Never was overcrowding an issue. He's making excuses for his behavior because everyone's pissed at him.

No, her problems didn't deteriorate, they escalated, which would cause her health to deteriorate.

This guy is so stupid he can't even put together a tiny release to defend his CRIMINAL actions!!

http://www.myspace.com/throwparisbackinjail

2590 days ago
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Erica    

That's crazy! I'm glad she was sent back to jail.

2590 days ago
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Disgusted!!!!    

Overcrowded??????????? She was in a special unit, without a roomate.........If it's so overcrowded tell me..........has someone else ever replaced her in the space she left recently? My guess is no..........Get over the "overcrowded" crap. she had a special place all her own........

2590 days ago
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vajayjay rimes    

Then why didn't he just tell the judge "sorry, man, my jail is full" in the first place? Why continue to hide behind the medical excuse which is tenuous at best?

2590 days ago
13.

Trainwreck    

Charlie Manson has some severe problems too. Can he go home?

2590 days ago
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LD    

It's been confirmed. Her 'medical condition' is more commonly known as a 'temper tantrum'. Cry, refuse to eat, become beligerent, scream "It's not fair!" - sounds like a three year old to me!

2590 days ago
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ONE STOP SAM    

And the state of california is now responisble for whatever happens to her, hope ya'll are ready to handle the lawsuits and your taxes paying off their lawsuits.

Serves you all right

2590 days ago
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