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Women Behind Bars

More women are landing behind bars for crimes involving money laundering and drugs.
The Houston County jail sees criminals all year long, but lately more women are being booked for drug charges, child endangerment and money laundering.

"A large majority of women are here on drug related charges; these women are actually manufacturing drugs that are in homes, where their children are present," says Houston Jail Commander Keith Reed.

In these bunks are mothers, some grandmothers, serving time for a variety of crimes.

"Currently, we have female inmates who are housed in the jail, charges range from, traffic tickets, all the way to attempted murder," says Houston Jail Commander Keith Reed.

And the list goes on.

"First degree robbery chemical endangerment of a child, interference with custody," says Houston Jail Commander Keith Reed.

It begs the question of why?

"Their state of mind is they are obviously more concerned with the drugs than the state of their children," says Houston Jail Commander Keith Reed.

But law enforcement believes a criminal is a criminal.

"I think most criminals think they would get away with their crimes, or they wouldn't even attempt a crime; the love of money is the root of all evil, with the forgeries and the frauds and the drugs," says Houston Jail Commander Keith Reed.

A love that contributes to the booking numbers.

"Even though we see the peaks and valleys, in the female population, it remains fairly consistent," says Houston Jail Commander Keith Reed.

But a number they are hoping will decrease over time in Dothan Katrice Nolan WTVY news 4.


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