Officials talk law enforcement at meeting

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Pickens County officials recently heard about some important law enforcement issues.

Baker Cleveland, unit head for the 13th Judicial Circuit, was one of the speakers at a summer meeting of Pickens United.

“We have 10 lawyers that are full-time prosecutors in Pickens,” he said.

Specializations among the group include juvenile prosecution, criminal sexual conduct and worthless checks.

“We all work as a team,” Cleveland said.

In the last decade, warrants brought to general sessions, carrying sentences from 30 days up to life in prison, have increased more than 20 percent.

“Last fiscal year, 2016-2017, we had over 4,200 warrants,” Cleveland said. “For all those 4,200 warrants, in Pickens County currently right now we have 12 weeks of court a year.”

The staff of 10 is “hustling and bustling to try to make sure the outflow

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