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March 23, 2013

Detainee population increases slightly

MT. VERNON — Detainee population at the Jefferson County Justice Center rose slightly in February, according to the monthly report submitted this week to the County Board by Sheriff Roger Mulch.

The county booked 177 prisoners in February, up from the 171 incarcerated during the month of January, the report stated. There were 13 out of county detainees, down one from the previous month.

Since the beginning of the fiscal year on Dec. 1, the county has incarcerated 513 prisoners, including 41 out of county detainees. The accrued average of county detainees is 84 and the average of out of county detainees stands at six. The total jail population average for the first three months of the fiscal year is 85.

Jefferson County Justice Center had no ICE, U.S. Marshal Service or Cook County prisoners during the reporting period ending on March 18.

County officials are still working on getting ICE prisoners returned to the jail. County officials approved an agreement with Advanced Correctional Healthcare in January, and the company has been working on staffing issues to prepare for an ICE inspection and assessment. The county lost its ICE detainees in December due to a lack of medical services.

Meanwhile, Mulch reported the county had collected $537,230- for housing prisoners through Feb. 28, and the total amount of local dollars collected this budget year through February is $45,503. The total amount for all fees and services is $582,733 for the same time period.

A local physician made 12 visits to the jail in February, resulting medical services provided to 49 detainees. Thirty visits have been made since the beginning of the fiscal year, resulting in medical care to 147 detainees, the report stated.

Deputies issued 119 citations during the month and made 55 arrests. The county also responded to 50 traffic accidents. Since Dec. 1, the deputies have issued 343 citations, made 148 arrests and responded to 121 traffic accidents.

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