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New program could help reduce Muscogee County Jail population

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  • Muscogee County Sheriff's Office searching for faster way to move inmates through justice system

    Muscogee County Sheriff's Office searching for faster way to move inmates through justice system

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    Sheriff John Darr told News Leader Nine the county jail is overcrowded with any inmate population over 1,069. Right now they are holding anywhere from 1120 to 1140.He added more than 14 thousand people went through the doors just last year.Assistant public defender Steve Craft said on any given Monday of those more than one thousand inmates, 900 convicted felons are waiting for their day in court."Nobody should have to sit in court for almost a year to get their case resolved," Craft said.The...More >>
    Sheriff John Darr told News Leader Nine the county jail is overcrowded with any inmate population over 1,069. Right now they are holding anywhere from 1120 to 1140.He added more than 14 thousand people went through the doors just last year.Assistant public defender Steve Craft said on any given Monday of those more than one thousand inmates, 900 convicted felons are waiting for their day in court."Nobody should have to sit in court for almost a year to get their case resolved," Craft said.The...More >>

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Representatives from the Muscogee County Courts gave an update Friday on a new program that hopes to speed up certain cases through the system.

It came during a community meeting in the Superior Courtroom at the Columbus Consolidated Government Center.

District Attorney Julie Slater along with the Public Defender of Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit say the Rapid Resolution Initiative will take simpler cases out of the case load so they can be resolved more quickly.

The program is also expected to help reduce the Muscogee County Jail population.

District Attorney Julia Slater talked with us about what cases will fall under the initiative.

"We'll be looking at thefts, we'll be looking at maybe some business burglaries, we'll be looking at forgeries. Things that might be simpler to deal with where we think there might be a high possibility that the case might be resolved quickly and there might be someone interested in a guilty plea," Slater said.

The Rapid Resolution Initiative will be presented to the Columbus City Council on Tuesday, May 26.

The program has been three years in development.

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