AUSTIN (KXAN) - Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg will be released from jail Thursday after serving half of her 45-day sentence for her drunken driving conviction.
The sheriff's office, which operates the county jail, said Lehmberg has maintained "good-behavior status" since being locked up after she pleaded guilty to DWI on April 19.
"State law mandates that you give two-for-one automatically, for good time," said Roger Wade, public information officer for the Travis County Sheriff's Office. "Now, if the person violates that good time, they violate the rules of the jail, that can be taken away."
She was arrested late April 12 in western Travis County and booked into jail after midnight April 13. Security video showed Lehmberg kicking her cell door and having to be restrained by jail staff while in custody.
Under the 2-for-1 rule, Lehmberg's sentence would end Thursday.
The Travis County Clerk confirmed Tuesday that Lehmberg paid all of her fines and court costs, totaling $4,407.10. Paying the fines and related cost is a condition for release.
The same policy that awards 2-for-1 time also awards 3-for-1 time for county jail inmates who are part of the jail's work program. Lehmberg was not part of that program, Wade said.
She may have done work in her role as the county's top prosecutor during her stay, Wade said. Any inmate is allowed to do private work but it is limited to work by phone. That proves to be expensive because calls from jail cost $4 a minute.
Inmates are not allowed to sign paperwork or do any extensive job functions, Wade said.
How Lehmberg is released from jail will take some planning by the sheriff's office. Wade says any time a "high-profile" inmate is released from custody, the sheriff's office makes sure the release is safe for the inmate and for the public.
As the most powerful district attorney in the state, Lehmberg has prosecuted a lot of people so Wade said measures will be taken to insure her safety, but wouldn't say what those measures will be.
Lehmberg has said she plans to remain in office, despite efforts to oust her. Lawyers have said the two-term Democrat plans to retire when her term expires after the 2016 elections.
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