Pre-Trial Release Program

By: Ann Howard
By: Ann Howard

"A violent offender, a repeat domestic violent offender was let out of jail, without any sort of bond, that's absolutely wrong,” says Tony Grippa.

County Commissioner, Tony Grippa, is talking about 31-year-old Davis McClendon. Police arrested him last month and charged him with attempted murder, after police say he attacked his girlfriend while at work.

Police say McClendon was out on pre-trial release. Grippa says this is just one example of why pre-trial release should be abolished, but Public Defender, Nancy Daniels, has different view of the program.

Aside from the potential for someone on pre-trial release being let out and commits another crime, Grippa says it’s costing honest tax payers.

"I've just looked up the million dollars the sheriff has spent trying to track down the pre-trial release people who decide not to show up for their court dates. It's costing, but saving at the same time. Everybody in jail costs, depending on who you ask $40 to $65 per day," says Grippa.

In the end, Commissioner Grippa says people on pre-trial release should be paying bonds, and public defender Daniels says pre-trial main benefit is that it treats everyone the same.

A judge is the one who makes the decision as to whether or not someone qualifies for pre-trial release.

Proponents for pre-trial release say there are more ways to control and keep track of those awaiting their trials.


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