Under a federal court mandate to manage jail overcrowding, arrestees sentenced to 30 days or less for a nonviolent offense are usually released within 12 hours, the sheriff's department said in a statement. Under the guidelines, Richie was "treated in the same manner as other inmates with a similar sentence," the statement said. Richie, 25, was originally sentenced to 96 hours in jail, but that was reduced to 90 hours because of time served when she was arrested.
Richie arrived at jail with her boyfriend Joel Madden and her attorney, sheriff's spokeswoman Kerri Webb said. A call to attorney Shawn Chapman Holley was not immediately returned. "She was processed into the jail system, she was highly cooperative and she was released," Webb said.
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