Originally created 09/30/97

County meets jail-inmate cap



Richmond County Jail officials met a federal judge's imposed population cap Monday by moving inmates to other county holding facilities, releasing newly arrested people without bond and sending home early some people serving sentences.

Also Monday, Sheriff Charles Webster provided a list of 178 people who left the overcrowded jail when they were transferred to other facilities or let go over the weekend.

Monday night, the jail population was 429, 71 inmates below the 500-inmate cap imposed by U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr., but above the 340-inmate capacity at the jail.

Over the weekend, 62 people charged with nonviolent offenses were released on their own recognizance. Another 29 people made bond; eight were released after paying a fine; 17 were released on probation; and four were transferred to jails outside Richmond County.

In addition, 58 people serving time for misdemeanor convictions were released.

"We fudged some of those (release dates), I'm not going to mislead you," Sheriff Webster said.

Judge Bowen ordered the first population cap to be met Monday, and further ordered the sheriff to bring the population down to 480 between Oct. 6 and Oct. 20; to 460 from Oct. 21 and Dec. 1; and then 340 after Dec. 1. On Dec. 1, a new 556-bed jail in south Augusta is expected to open.

Sheriff Webster said again Monday he expects to meet the judges' population caps. Violating the judge's orders could result in the judge fining Augusta.

As the jail staff has worked to process people, inmates have been working to clean up their cell block areas. Sheriff Webster cut privileges - visiting, television and telephone use - Friday to force inmates to participate in the cleanup.

Monday after an inspection, Sheriff Webster restored privileges to inmates in one cell block area and expected to restore privileges to other areas today after another inspection, he said.

The cleanup and maintenance of the jail were also part of Judge Bowen's orders last week. The judge told the sheriff that he could use the inmates to clean, and if necessary he could withhold privileges to force compliance.

Judge Bowen issued his demands on the jail conditions last week when he ordered Augusta officials back into court to explain themselves as to why the jail population had risen to 527 inmates. Last fall Judge Bowen demanded action to reduce the overcrowding when the population rose to 575. Judge Bowen maintains jurisdiction over the Richmond County Jail because of a civil-rights lawsuit inmates filed 20 years ago.

Released from jail

The following people were released over the weekend from jail on their own recognizance, without bond, from Richmond County Jail as officials try to maintain the jail population under the federal judge's cap of 500 inmates:

Governor Carlisle, 23, of the 900 block of 12th Street, charged with criminal trespass.

Latonia Booker, 20, of the 800 block of Perry Court, charged with possession of marijuana.

Carrie Seals, 46, of the 2400 block of Amsterdam Drive, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Daniel Hayden, 18, of the 2400 block of Acapulco Drive, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Michael Pope, 34, of the 2100 block of 12th Street, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Earl Smith, 19, of the 800 block of Spruce Street, charged with possession of marijuana.

Derrick Thomas, 20, of the 500 block of Wright Avenue, charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Antonio Evans, 21, of the 2300 block of Travis Pine Road, charged with making a false report of a crime.

Elaine Bowman, 49, of the 300 block of Madison Avenue, in jail for failure to pay a Municipal Court fine.

Jonathan Jones Jr., 30, of the 600 block of King Street, charged with theft by shoplifting, giving false name, and obstruction of an officer.

Leroy Williams, 35, of the 2400 block of Antebellum Drive, charged with driving under the influence.

Robert Taylor Jr., 45, of the 1600 block of Douglas Street, charged with terroristic threats, reduced to misdemeanor battery.

Michael Middleton, 23, of the 2400 block of Luxemburg Drive, charged with DUI, speeding and driving on a suspended license.

Morgan Elworthy Jr., 34, of Decatur, Ga; charged with theft by shoplifting.

Lisa Hill, 36, of the 500 block of Sibley Street, charged with possession of cocaine.

Qui Ngoc Nguyen, 20, of the 2300 block of Franklin Street, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Gary Washington, 29, of the 1500 block of Atlantic Drive, charged with driving on a suspended license, red light violation, no proof of insurance and no license tag.

Linton Chapman, 18, 369th Signal Company at Fort Gordon, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Mauricio Poredes, 32, of the 2300 block of Allen Street, charged with improper backing, expired drivers license and no license tag.

Wendall Dunaway, 34, of the 1100 block of Pine Grove Road, charged with possession of marijuana.

Benjamin Rhodes, 22, of the 600 block of Sea Isle Drive, charged with possession of marijuana, violation of open container law, noise violation, and driving on a suspended license.

Robert Smith, 64, of the 2300 block of Mimosa Drive, charged with DUI, driving on wrong side of road, and no proof of insurance.

Charles White, 64, of the 2300 block of Mimosa Drive, charged with giving a false name.

Glenn Griffin, 36, of the 800 block of Fairway Drive, charged with DUI and improper movement.

Michael Green, 24, of the 3600 block of Rolling Meadows Drive, charged with driving on a suspended license.

Joseph Williams, 23, of the 2400 block of Old Barton Chapel Road, charged with driving without a license and theft by taking.

Albert Davis, 39, of the 3800 block Fairington Drive, charged with disorderly conduct.

Baine Flournoy, 52, of the 2600 block of Andorra Drive, charged with harassing phone calls.

Sharee Robertson, 18, of the 800 block of Perkins Road, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Tasha Williams, 22, of the 400 block of Ridge Crossing, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Michael Dawson, 32, of the 2500 block of Milledgeville Road, charged with DUI and following too closely.

Terrence Luke, 17, of 3900 block of Bowen Drive, charged with theft by taking and criminal trespass.

Michael Bonner, 39, of the 2200 block of Montclair Street, charged with giving a false name.

James Brown, 21, of the 3000 block of Tate Road, charged with possession of cocaine and a bench warrant issued by Richmond County State Court.

Michael Burnett, 22, of the 2800 block of Hazel Street, charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Horace Freeman, 22, of the 1400 block of Tutt Avenue, charged with possession of cocaine.

Robert Jenkins, 50, of the 2200 block of Roosevelt Drive, charged with possession of cocaine.

Frank Bussey Jr., 34, of the 2800 block of Hazel Street, charged with possession of cocaine and disorderly conduct.

Larry Davis, 43, of the 1600 block of McCauley Street, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Christopher Carter, 30, of the 800 block of Strother Drive, charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Barbara Foskey, 42, of the 3200 block of Kings View Court, charged with disorderly conduct.

Carroll Scott, 57, of the 100 block of Terrance Road, North Augusta, charged with DUI and improper movement on roadway.

Johnathan Sojourner, 22, of the 3800 block of Byrd Road, charged with having no license and running a red light.

James Harvey, 26, of the 2000 block of Wharton Drive, charged with possession of marijuana.

Johnny Ward, 19, of the 1700 block of Story Mill Drive, Ft. Gordon, charged with disorderly conduct.

Eddie Ellison, 39, of the 1300 block of Greene Street, charged with disorderly conduct.

Tommy Matanane, 37, of the 4000 block of Indian Creek Road, charged with DUI, improper movement on roadway.

Christopher Browning, 24, of the 4600 block of Windsor Springs Road, charged with disorderly conduct.

Melissa Rose, 20, of the 4600 block of Windsor Springs Road, charged with disorderly conduct.

Sonatra Smith, 18, of the 3200 block of Heritage Court, charged with disorderly conduct.

Fredrick Gibbs, 27, of the 400 block of Orange Street, charged with driving on a suspended license.

Thomas Barker, 33, of the 1700 block of Davidson Drive, charged with hit and run and driving too fast for conditions.

Winfield Poyer, 20, of the 2100 block of Bayvale Road, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Anthony Bonner, 36, of the 1200 block of Bayvale Road, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Shelly Slade, 29, of the 1300 block of Old Savannah Road, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Tessie Leverette, 42, of the 1800 block of Fayetteville Drive, charged with criminal trespass.

Talina Simpson, 18, of the 2800 block of Joy Road, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Mona Scoggins, 41, of the 1600 block of Windsor Court, charged with giving a false name, theft by shoplifting.

Theodore Wise, 17, of the 4100 block of Clinton Way, charged with theft by shoplifting.

Nolan Hogues, 30, of the 1900 block of Pearl Avenue, charged with order to show cause, simple battery, improper passing, suspended license, DUI.

Pamela Brown, 37, of Route 5, Thompson, charged with solicitation of sodomy, order to show cause, failure to appear.

Joe McCollough, 24, of the 1700 block of Connell Drive, charged with failure to appear, criminal damage to property, simple battery, order to show cause.

Cynthia Collier, 29, of the 1700 block of McIntosh Drive, charged with theft by conversion.

Kenneth Cole, 35, of the 3700 block of Millstone Run, charged with battery.

Cheryl Corley, 24, of the 3300 block of Devant Street, charged with driving on an expired license, too fast for conditions, and no insurance.

Russell Williams, 50, of the 1400 block of Prep Street, charged with being a habitual violator, DUI, order to show cause, improper backing, no insurance.