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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty District Attorney says his office opposes granting bond to people charged with violent crimes.

Many people told us they did not understand why Antonio Seay, a man charged with murder, was free to do an interview with WALB News Ten in the middle of a street Monday.

District Attorney Greg Edwards also heard those questions.

He says his office will oppose bond in hearings for repeat offenders and people charged with violent felonies. Crimes where weapons are used, and offenses against children.

"Those factors we believe, as the state, and as prosecutors, here are the factors that are most concerned for safety. But like I said, it's finally the judge's position, but I wanted the state's position, the District Attorney's office position regarding those type of cases," said Edwards.

Jail population and the cost of keeping inmates locked up are a huge burden on the county budget, and inmates like Seay, kept on house arrest with electronic monitors, save hundreds of dollars everyday while awaiting trial.

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