District Attorney's plan to reduce jail overcrowding

District Attorney's plan to reduce jail overcrowding
Published: Oct. 31, 2014 at 10:28 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2014 at 7:49 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The plan to have more beds available inside the sometimes overcrowded Muscogee County Jail is in the works but the district attorney says it will take money and the city council to get on board.

"The plan is we will be able to take some of the simpler cases that are ready to be resolved and pull those out of the system early on so that they can be quickly moved through the system. Gather the documents they need and make sure victims are notified but as soon as that's done try and get them into court," said Julia Slater.

But for this plan to take shape, Slater's office will need more personnel and money from the city.

"We would see savings in jail cost because we would be able to move the cases more quickly but we'd have to invest money at the front, ultimately what we're looking for is the resolution of the case that's what's going to change where they sleep at night," she adds.

But where and how long the inmates are behind bars is a concern for the local NAACP. The Muscogee county jail says there are only 24 out of over 12 hundred beds available today.

"We get a lot of complaints of people being in jail and not getting their day in court, if you're going to charge them charge them so they can get their day in court a lot of people aren't getting indicted so and they're just waiting in jail for that indictment and if you don't," Nate Sanderson said.

Friday, Oct. 31 was the second meeting and though it is a process NAACP president Nate Sanderson says there is improvement.

"This is the first time we've seen anything like this as a civil rights organization where the courts are being proactive and coming to the organization coming to the community and actually listening," he adds.

The next public conversation between the elected officials and the community will pick back up in January.

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