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Terrell sheriff reports to jail

This is the news release from the Dougherty County jail (Click to expand) This is the news release from the Dougherty County jail (Click to expand)

Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens reported to jail this morning to begin serving a five day sentence for contempt of court.

Bowens will serve the sentence in the Dougherty County jail.

Last year, a judge sentenced Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens to five days in jail and pay a $500 fine after Bowens ignored an order to take inmates to court.

Bowens said the new Terrell jail was understaffed and he didn't have enough deputies to transport the inmates safely.

The appeals court ruled Bowens willfully violated the order and upheld his sentence. The court also ruled the county should not pay Bowens attorney fees.

In December, NAACP leaders sided with the sheriff and said commissioners are unfairly blaming the sheriff for the Justice Departments actions. They also said taxpayers money has been wasted on unnecessary legal fees for years.

NAACP members said they think race is one of the main reasons commissioners continue to fight.

A 250 page motion to the Justice department requests the Terrell County Jail be staffed with no fewer than 22 full time jailers and that the jail provide minimally adequate mental health care.

 

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