When Larry Craig’s daughter posted bond recently in connection with contempt of court charges, the GUARDIAN noted she may not even have known she was “wanted.” That’s because so many warrants are out there.
We did some more checking with the Ada County Sheriff’s office and found there are over 16,000 warrants outstanding at present. Some bad guys–and gals–may have multiple charges pending, but the sad part is a whopping 94% of the warrants–just over 15,000–are for violating a court order of some sort–not an new crime.
The sheriff obviously tries to treat everyone equally, but if a deputy has a choice of busting a wanted felon versus someone who missed a payment or two on a speeding ticket, the felon gets priorty on the rooms at the Greystone Hotel.
No wonder Sherrif Gary is in no rush to build more expensive jail cells to house people wanted for contempt, fail to obey, probation violation, and failure to appear.
We don’t know the answer to this problem, but issuing warrants for people who are mostly just irresponsible adults clogs the courts, the jails, and does little to make Boise and Ada County a safer place…if 94% of the “wanted persons” in Ada County were judged to be threats to society, the judges would have jailed them.
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