City jail operation in full effect this Monday
BATON ROUGE- Starting Monday, the city jail in downtown Baton Rouge will start filling up with people who failed to pay outstanding misdemeanor tickets and fines.
"We've given enough time, given enough words of encouragement," says Constable Reginald Brown.
The downtown jail will be open around the clock in an initiative to clear misdemeanor warrants from law enforcement databases.
"The sheriff's office and our office is taking a big stance of making sure we eliminate 160,000 something warrants that exist in East Baton Rouge," Brown said.
Many people have gotten the word. So far this week, more than 1,200 warrants have been cleared.
"I didn't want to get locked up, so I got a job, so yeah, I had to get it taken care of," says Steven Christian.
"I was afraid to come down, but I got it done," says Venecia Cox.
Those who refuse to get it done will be locked up for as much as 36 hours, before being shipped off to a parish prison.
"They won't be housed on a temporary basis, the only temporary basis is for us to process them in, and give them an opportunity to take care of their business then we ship them out," said Brown.
If you find yourself in a situation like this again, here are some words of advice.
"A warrant is a warrant, I would like to say to everyone... use common sense, and take care of your business," Browns said.