New program could help reduce Muscogee County Jail population

New program could help reduce Muscogee County Jail population

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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