COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Hundreds of people charged with a crime have been released from the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.
Some attorneys say the volume they’ve seen is unprecedented but necessary to help flatten the curve.
“I’ve probably gone through about 80 to 100 cases over the last two weeks,” said defense attorney Michael Syrop. “All of the people I’m discussing have gotten out of jail one way or another. Either through a bond or plea deal.”
The circuit defender’s office, prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys have teamed up to work out bail or plea deals with inmates, said Syrop.
Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes is adamant that people deemed a danger to the public will stay behind bars.
“(The rumor that) everybody’s being released from jail no matter the charge or no matter who they have harmed in the past, that’s not the case,” said Holmes.
Attorneys and law enforcement officials estimate around 800 inmates have been released from the jail in the last three to four weeks.
“The jails are a lot of people on top of each other. The jail rotates people in and out every week,” said defense attorney Lawrence Zimmerman, the president of the Georgia Association of Defense Lawyers.
“It’s not if, it’s when that virus hits the jail. They got to make sure it’s manageable,” said Zimmerman.
Channel 2’s Chris Jose learned through law enforcement sources that 20-25 inmates have been released daily since the pandemic.
Jose contacted the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. A spokesperson provided the statement below:
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