People who are booked into the Mecklenburg County jail tend to be there for awhile. And at least a handful of them each day remain incarcerated for want of a relatively small amount of money.
The Agenda reviewed Mecklenburg County jail records for the day of July 4. While one day isn’t enough to draw broad conclusions, the records do provide a glimpse of the daily workings of the various police forces that funnel into the central jail Uptown.
They also show just how long the intake, processing and bonding can take at one of the county’s largest jails. Though the current jail population — 1,672 as of late last week — is far from the overcrowded conditions the sheriff’s office complained of a decade ago, it is elevated from recent averages.
Over the course of July 4, a total of 50 people were booked into the jail, the county records show.
Of those 50 people booked into the jail on July 4, only five of them left that same day. One man was able to bond out in as little as three and a half hours, though his only charge was driving with a revoked license. He posted $465 and was released just before 10 p.m.
That experience was not typical. Fourteen were released the next day, July 5. Twelve were released July 6. One man arrested for driving without a license, was in jail for five days before posting the $2,000 bond to be released.
Mecklenburg County jail also tends to let people out late at night, the data review shows. Nearly half of the people released — 16 of the 34 — were dismissed between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Sixteen people arrested on Independence Day remained in jail as of Sunday night.
Only one was not allowed bond. Daryl Roby, 22, was booked in the wee hours of July 4 on a murder charge connected to the death of 63-year-old Harold Rudolph Jones in the University City area.
Two people arrested on July 4 were assessed bonds of $45,000, both charged with a series of breaking and enterings. One of them was able to post and was released the afternoon of July 6. The other, 18-year-old Terrance Gray, remains in jail.
Three people are in jail unable to meet a $1,500 requirement. One woman faces drug charges, a man is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and a third person is charged with habitual larceny.