Interview with Laurie Pritchett
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT DID YOU DO TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY COULDN'T OVERFLOW THE JAILS?

Chief Laurie Pritchett:

Prior to, uh, King's arrival, and his mass meetings, I had uh, sat down and took a map and went 15 Miles, how many jails was in a 15 Mile radius, how many was in a 30 mile radius, on up to maybe a 50 60 mile radius - and I'd contacted those authorities, they'd assured us that we could use their facilities, and we had uh, when the mass arrests started, we'd have marches and there'd be 200, 300 - at one time there I think we had almost 2,000…but none in our jail.** They were in surrounding counties under our supervision uh, so as nothing would happen to ‘em. Uh, we were never crowded in our, never had any in our jail, they were all in surrounding counties – and so when these mass marches started, we were well prepared.