Rising caseload strains Columbia Municipal Court

Traffic crackdown, red-light cameras contribute to challenge.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:31 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 12, 2010

COLUMBIA — At 8:55 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, three men walk into the Columbia Municipal Courtroom, hands and feet shackled, wrists bound to their waists. Two of the men are dressed in jail-issued clothing; faded black stripes against the washed-out white of a generously used jumpsuit. The words “Boone County Jail” are printed across their backs in what used to be a bright orange color. The third man is still wearing his own clothing; he was arrested just the night before.