Slow wheel of justice costs county money

Posted: November 7, 2017 at 1 a.m.

FILE PHOTO ANTHONY REYES - Inmates inside the Washington County Jail in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Felony cases are moving too slowly through the Washington County Circuit Court -- a problem that is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, justices of the peace said Monday.

Statewide issue

Washington County is not alone in its struggle to lower the number of jail inmates who have not been to trial. Pulaski County has about 1,200 inmates, two-thirds of which are awaiting trial. “Just note that we’re not alone,” said Matt Durrett, Washington County prosecuting attorney.

Source: Staff report

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