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P.G. County Faces 50,000 Outstanding Warrants

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — The Prince George’s County sheriff’s office says deputies have yet to serve 642 felony warrants, part of an overall backlog of more than 50,000 outstanding warrants and writs.

The Washington Post reports that 29 of the felony warrants are for murder charges, 49 are for rape and the remainder include crimes such as burglary, assault and attempted murder.

There are 860 open felony warrants, but 218 are for people jailed in other jurisdictions.

Sheriff Melvin High says his office has made progress in clearing the backlog but that the number of outstanding warrants is still troubling.

The Washington Examiner says High wants some of the older warrants thrown out.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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