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Dougherty sheriff eyes Valdosta crime lab

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Sheriff Kevin Sproul Sheriff Kevin Sproul

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   The Dougherty County Sheriff hopes his office can save money by using a new crime lab that's about to open in Valdosta. 

Sheriff Kevin Sproul will meet with the Lowndes County Sheriff and Valdosta Police Chief in the next two weeks to talk about the lab they plan to open in the next 30 to 60 days.

It will be available for other south Georgia law enforcement agencies to use. That's a good thing because the GBI Crime Lab in Moultrie is set to close in the next few weeks.

Sheriff Sproul says that could cause backlogs and result in longer stays in jail for suspects awaiting trial.

"Which is going to cost us on the back end in the jail. With people sitting there with no bond. Now instead of trying them in one term, we are going to have to hold them back a second or third term. Three, four, five months back."

The Dougherty County Jail has a budget of $12.4 million. The average number of inmates per day is 844, at a cost of $45 each per day.

 

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