Officials say gang arrests won't impact LEC

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, November 15, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- There were 71 arrests Wednesday in the largest undercover operation in Richmond County history.

"The biggest impact we have was processing and booking the people," Capt. Gene Johnson said.

Even though a large number of people were arrested, Capt. Gene Johnson said its not going to be a problem at the Richmond County Jail.

"Today, we don't have but 186 sleeping on the floor today, which is down from what we had before we were 300 or more," Capt. Johnson said.

The jail capacity is 910 inmates. Capt. Johnson said currently, they have 1,174.

"Oh yeah. It's overcrowded. That's an everyday thing," Capt Johnson said.

Lt. Scott Peebles said jail overcrowding is not going to be a huge issue because 53 of the 71 people arrested Wednesday are now in federal custody.

"Since we are not a federal holding facility, those inmates, some have already been taken to and the rest will be taken to federal holding facilities, other jails throughout the area that have contracts with the federal government," Lt. Peebles said.

Lt. Peebles said 18 suspects were arrested on state charges and the ones who aren't juveniles will be housed at the Law Enforcement Center.

"The jail is overcrowded now, but yesterday's operation is not really going to have a significant impact on that status," Lt. Peebles said.


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  • by DEDE Location: Augusta on Feb 29, 2008 at 05:18 PM
    FREE MEADOWBROOK
  • by anonymous Location: augusta ga on Nov 19, 2007 at 07:58 AM
    iam 18yrs old and there arent any gangs in augusta how could the name of a neighborhood be a gang?u people put these things in teenagers head if there were more activities and jobs it wouldnt be this way if there were more help for the youth then it woulnt be as much crime dont be so quick to judge someone help them i dont know what augusta have came to youall have just let us down whos gonna make the younger generation whos gonna fight for our rights instead of our wrongs more jobs then noone would have to steal anything mors activities the less time for crime now lets make that type of prodgct instead of incriminating our fellow teenagers
  • by joe Location: augusta on Nov 16, 2007 at 02:00 PM
    i THINK THEY SHOULD BE HELD WITH OUT BOND WHY ARREST THEN AND THEY GET OUT ,NO TELLING WHO THEY MIGHT HURT OR KILL YET. LET THEM SUFFER SOME
  • by brittany bennett Location: augusta on Nov 16, 2007 at 06:43 AM
    they need to take them off the streets its a crying shame that it had to be like that they need to sit in jail for a while to thank bout what they had done they willthank twice
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2007 at 05:54 PM
    Im Sooooo happy that these "thugs" are getting off the streets,, I hope they all do 25 or more years!!
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