Inmates in Midland County Jail Finding Ways to Put Off Trial Dates 2/25/14
CBS 7 News
Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter tells us he's had one inmate in jail for about three years. The reason? They're playing with the system. He says by firing, switching, and rehiring attorneys, some inmates have been able to push back their trial dates until judges say enough is enough.
Sheriff Painter says they're working very hard with the courts to move these inmates along, but the inmates are within their rights to fire and rehire attorneys to represent them.
One of the aspects affecting law enforcement and people in the community is having tax dollars pay for the inmates extended stay. Sheriff Painter says its frustrating for everyone.
He says one way he can make sure an inmate gets what he/she rightfully deserves, is if he doesn't recommend any "good" time when they get to the penitentiary. He explains "good" time as an early release or confinement from prison.
Law enforcement tells us this isn't an uncommon thing for jails to experience.