Misdemeanor jail to reopen 24-hours in downtown Baton Rouge

Photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 10:44am

Local law enforcement officials are once again opening up the downtown Baton Rouge jail for the 24-7 misdemeanor offenders.

The sweep begins next Monday and will keep the jail open around the clock in order to process and clear out those with outstanding warrants.

After the success of last year's program, the Metro Council voted to fund the jail with $50,000 to reinstate the program this year.

Officers are asking those with unpaid tickets and warrants to “take care of their business” prior to the trial period or be ready to possibly face jail time during the two-week jail operation.

Today, Tuesday, June 12, the line outside of the dowtown courthouse was wrapped around the block with people looking to pay those tickets before next week.


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