By RORYE O’CONNOR
MT. VERNON —
The Jefferson County Justice Center collected $521,189 in revenue in December, the first month of the county’s fiscal year.
This included $13,704 in local revenue and $504,484 in revenue from housing detainees for Cook County, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Marshals Service, according to the monthly sheriff’s report.
The Justice Center is not currently housing any ICE detainees, as they were withdrawn by the agency in early December due to medical staffing levels and repeated paperwork issues. The County Board will vote Monday whether to contract the services of Advanced Correctional Healthcare, a step toward being able to bring ICE detainees — and the revenue from housing them — back to Jefferson County.
In December, 165 detainees were booked, including 14 out-of-county detainees. The average daily population was 77 local prisoners and 14 out-of-county detainees for a total of 91 people held in the Justice Center.
This is compared to 490 detainees booked in December 2011, 326 of which were out-of-county detainees being housed at the jail.
The jail population on Jan. 22 was 77 local prisoners and three detainees held for the U.S. Marshals service for a total of 80.
In December, Dr. Robert Parks made three visits to the Justice Center, seeing 30 detainees and spending four hours on site and one hour off site; his physician’s assistant made three visits in December, seeing 25 detainees in five hours at the jail and one hour off site.
Parks and his physician’s assistant tendered their resignation effective Jan. 1, and a different local doctor is currently seeing prisoners at the Justice Center, Jefferson County Sheriff Roger Mulch said this week during the Public Safety Committee meeting.
According to Mulch’s part-time personnel report, $11,028 was expended on part-time workers at the jail in December. This included $2,373 for seven corrections personnel, who worked 201 hours; six part-time nursing personnel, who worked 542 hours for a total of $6,502; two dispatch employees who worked 83 hours for a total of $980; ad three commissary employees who worked 99 hours and 15 minutes for a total of $1,172.
Sheriff’s deputies issued 100 citations, made 49 arrests and responded to 50 traffic accidents in December.