Posted: Jun 11, 2012 4:32 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 11, 2012 4:32 PM
Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement officials in Baton Rouge announced the city's jail would re-open again next week, and city police would start arresting people with outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
Starting June 18, city constables and sheriff's deputies will operate the jail 24-7 to clear oustanding warrants in the city-parish.
Last year a similar program led to 348 arrests and cleared 772 outstanding warrants. It also led to more than 5,100 outsanding warrants being recalled as people voluntarily came in to pay their outstanding fines instead of risking arrest, which Gautreaux encouraged people to do before the jail again.
"Since beginning our warrant initiatives two years ago, we've seen a 42 percent decrease in outstanding warrants," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "We need to get these warrants out of the system to focus our resources on cleaning up our streets."
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office will provide two deputies per shift, and the Constable's Office will provide three officers per shift to staff the jail.
The initiative would operate until June 29, and will be funded by $50,000 budgeted to the effort by the EBR Metro Council as well as money generated by the jail.