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Bail bonds changes begin in Rapides parish

A major change has gone into effect for bail bonds at the Rapides Parish jail, ordered by criminal judges Tom Yeager and Mary Doggett. The present formula used for setting bonds at the courthouse has been terminated. This was done as a way to update the way bonds are set and to avoid people easily bonding out due to low pre-set bonds.

Effective Sept.1, all bonds on felony charges will be set by an assigned judge. There are two exceptions. First, any bond for a felony possession of CDS II, CDS III, CDS IV, and CDS V may be released on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond. Second, any bond for a felony possession of CDS I will be set by an assigned judge. For misdemeanor charges, charges are set at $500 and may be released on a personal recognizance bond with two exceptions. First, any domestic violence charge will be set by an assigned judge. Second, for DWI 1st offense and DWI 2nd offense, bond is set at $500.

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