During his visit to The N&O this week, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison was asked about the crowded conditions in the jails and whether he thinks the criminal justice system moves a bit too slowly for his taste. For starters, he said he has about 1,300 beds and about 1,400 prisoners on any given day, one time reaching a high of 1,550. Most days, there are 90 people in the jail who admit to being gang members (see attached audio). Interestingly, he said that about 100 countries are represented in the jail population. About 85 percent of those in jail are people awaiting trial, he said.
And the biggest hindrance to getting those folks to their dates with madame justice? Game-playing lawyers.
Take a listen.