Jail in Columbus will no longer hold people for some crimes

Georgia News

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The county jail in Columbus will no longer hold suspects charged with low-level misdemeanors, including shop lifting and driving without a license.

The Ledger-Enquirer newspaper reports that the change in policy at the Muscogee County Jail will bring it in line with other places that summon people to court for minor offenses rather than putting them in jail.

Other misdemeanors that will no longer send people to the county jail include having no proof of insurance and possessing a drug-related object.

Driving under the influence, probation violations and some other misdemeanors will still carry jail time.

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