Posted: Jul 25, 2011 2:02 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 25, 2011 6:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - People waited for more than an hour in some cases today to pay off misdemeanor tickets and avoid jail time for misdemeanors in Baton Rouge.
Authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish have arrested 105 people since they began a misdemeanor warrant roundup this past Friday. Officials re-opened the Baton Rouge City Jail as part of the operation, which hopes to clear their backlog of thousands of misdemeanor tickets.
Casey Hicks with the EBR Sheriff's Office said only 30 inmates are still in the city jail. About two-thirds of the people booked were able to make bond and only a handful with outstanding holds from other agencies were transferred to the parish prison.
This morning the line of people waiting to at District Court and City Court were at record lengths. At the 19th Judicial District Courthouse the line stretched out onto the skybridge of the second floor. People are paying an average of $150 per warrant, according to EBRSO, and both courts have collected more than $300,000 in fines over the weekend.