MT. VERNON — Warmer weather usually means a spike in crime. A good measuring stick to support that theory are the number of prisoners in jail.
Jail population numbers at the Jefferson County Justice Center have continued on the rise since the beginning of the year.
According to statistics provided by Sheriff Roger Mulch, the jail booked 194 prisoners during the month of April. There were 140 individuals booked in January and 181 in February.
The average jail population during the month of April was 78, and as of March 8, there were 76 detainees in the local jail. Of that number, 72 were Jefferson County inmates and four were from the U.S. Marshal’s office.
Of the 194 bookings made during the month, Mt. Vernon Police Department was responsible for 120 arrests, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office had 63, Illinois State Police three, Ina Police Department three and Illinois Department of Corrections one. There were four bookings made from out of county law enforcement agencies.
According to Mulch, the county has received $7,890 this budget year for housing prisoners and $78,311 has been collected in local monies this budget year, which began on Dec. 1. The department has collected $86,201 in all fees and services to date this budget year.
Advanced Correctional Healthcare saw 12 detainees in four visits during the month and has accrued a total of 17 visits that provided medical care to 45 detainees, the report stated.
The department issued 59 citations during the month and made 62 arrests. Deputies investigated 27 traffic crashes — down significantly from the 44 a month earlier.
The department has issued 204 citations for the year, made 194 arrests and has responded to 157 accidents.