ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County deptuies are staying busy kicking people out of their homes. It's another sad side to the down economy.
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul told the county commission Monday that so far this year his deputies have evicted 665 people from their homes. That's in addition to more than 23,000 civil papers they've served.
The Sheriff says more people are being sued because of failure to pay up on loans and more people are losing their homes because they just can't pay the rent. He said, "A lot has to do with the economy. You look at when there's no jobs and you can't pay the bills. We're seeing an increase in that area where we're having to evict people."
The number of criminal cases is also on the rise. Deputies work seven days a week serving those warrants. So far this year, they've been assigned almost 7,000 warrants.