Posted: Jul 13, 2011 9:47 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Jul 13, 2011 9:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- Be forewarned, starting next weekend, if you're caught with an outstanding warrant in Baton Rouge, you go to jail until you see a judge, pay-off your fines and your bond.
Constable Maj. Reggie Brown says the community has considered the crimes minor and ignorable for far too long, because the system has let them.
But the Constable's Office and the Sheriff's Office are attacking that attitude, so if you've ever skipped showing up to the Baton Rouge City Court to face a DWI, speeding ticket or citation for expired inspection stickers, you could be headed to the city jail because of it.
For two weeks, correctional officers from the parish prison will help man the jail 27/7. That'll allow all agencies in the parish to know who has misdemeanor warrants at all times, and to bring them in to city jail at all hours until the debt is clear.
Brown says he hasn't been able to go after warrant holders the way he wants, for years, because his department doesn't have the manpower or the money to use the city jail for much more than prisoner transports.
But with more than 102,000 warrants on the books, many say this initiative could mean big bucks for the city-parish and a big dent for law enforcement.
The jail trial will run from July 22 to August 5. Anyone still in the city jail at the end of that goes to parish prison until they pay up.