Posted: Feb 6, 2012 8:42 AM by AP
Updated: Feb 6, 2012 9:26 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Officials in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are making sure there is enough space in parish jails for Carnival season.
Thibodaux and Houma draw large numbers of people for two weeks of parades that begin next weekend. Officials tell The Courier more people means more arrests, usually for minor crimes
Terrebonne Warden Mitch Dupre said the Sheriff's Office works with the District Attorney and judges to move up court dates for those jailed on a misdemeanor charge. An inmate may want to plead guilty, Dupre said, and they are sometimes given credit for time served and released.
In Lafourche, Chief Deputy Bud Dill said the Sheriff's Office often makes room by sending inmates to other parish jails.
In both parishes, authorities try to use tickets, instead of arrests, when possible.