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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Prosecutor's Office, Sheriff, and Judges Working Together to Keep Jail Population Low

LAWRENCE COUNTY - MAY 24, 2022 - Lawrence County Prosecutor Sam Arp II, Sheriff Mike Branham and Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III and Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline continue to work together to keep the jail population low.



Lawrence County Probation Officer Scott Wedgewood has also played an important role in getting the numbers lowered.


Lawrence County Prosecutor Sam Arp II


" If find a person that is doing what they should, working and keeping themselves out of trouble, we go ahead and get them off probation early. So far approximately 100 people have been taken off probation," said Prosecutor Samuel Arp II


Sheriff Mike Branham reported that there was a total of 139 inmates being housed in the jail as of early Tuesday morning.


Jail Counts:

  • Total inmates - 139

  • Males - 114

  • Females - 25

  • Level 6 Felony - 3

  • Department of Correction Holds - 17

State legislation that recently passed will become effective July 1, 2022, of being able to send some Level-6 felons on to the Department of Correction.


County officials will continue to work to reduce the number of inmates being housed at the county jail.


Last year, a justice study called for the construction of a new $46 Million new jail that will be located at a different location where the Lawrence County Jail is currently.


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