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Pre-trial release program provides bond opportunities to Augusta inmates

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There was a time not long ago when a murder suspect would rarely get to remain free on bond pending trial in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

But timing made a difference in the case of Reginald Wright, 57, who is accused of murder in the Nov. 6 death of 54-year-old Dennis Adams.

Before COVID-19, the Richmond County jail generally held about 300 people awaiting trial on felony charges. These days, there have been around 1,000.

“I began looking at the possibility what can we do to alleviate that,” said Superior Court Judge J. Wade Padgett.

Location: Augusta, GA