By mid-afternoon not quite a third of those charged in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal had turned themselves in at the Fulton County Jail. They have until midnight to do so.
Most of those charged face bonds ranging from $200,000 to several million.
Ray Lail represents teacher Tomeka Goodson who was the first to turn herself in overnight. He complains at $200,000, her bond was an exorbitant amount.
"It's a way of punishing people so they can't bond out," he tells WSB's Sandra Parrish. "She doesn't have $200,000. She doesn't have the $20,000 or $30,000 a bonding company needs."
Lail says he would not have let her turn himself in when she did had he known her bond would be so high. He was working to get it reduced.
Other attorneys, like Gerald Griggs, were successful in getting bond for their clients reduced. He represents Starlette Mitchell and Angela Williamson, whose bond was reduced from $500,000 and $600,000 to $50,000 and $60,000.
"In the grand jury arrest warrants they can set bond, but usually it's not this high," he says. "These are individuals with no criminal history and they were entitled to a reasonable bond, so we were able to secure reasonable bonds for them."
Former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall has the highest bond. It was originally set at $7.5 million.