JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In the City of Madison this week, Marcus George was slapped with a $1.5 million bond for attempted carjacking and kidnapping.
You'd think a murder would have stiffer bond consequences. But consider, back in 2008 in Jackson, Darryl Henderson, charged with murder and at the time considered by police to be one of their most dangerous criminals, was released on $100,000 bond. He was quickly sent back to jail for a parole violation.
But why the discrepancy in bond amounts? Madison Municipal Judge Dale Danks set George's bond.
"In certain jurisdictions where one judge may determine bail in one amount and another jurisdiction a different amount, there's no uniformity as it relates to it overall," said Danks.
A judge uses his or her discretion when setting bond while considering factors such as a suspect's length of residence in the community, his or her reputation, family ties and criminal record.
This arrest marks number two and possibly three for George which would mean life in prison for him, thus his high bond.
3 On Your Side looked through some docket books at Jackson court services to see if bond in Jackson is routinely more relaxed than in other places. We found no bond set for an aggravated assault in January, and for a sex-crimes case, bond was denied originally then was set at $50,000.
That can happen during a bond reduction hearing brought on by the defense attorney.
Another example is the armed robbery of an individual last year. The amount went from no bond to $25,000 bond. WLBT also found a listing for two carjacking suspects who were given no bond, but were then released for lack of affidavits in the case.
When suspects post bond, the jails have a little more room. "Maybe that's why Jackson's crime rate is so high," Danks said.
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