Mt. Vernon Register-News

October 25, 2012

JCJC collects $2.8M for housing prisoners


MT. VERNON — — The Jefferson County Justice Center has collected about $2.8 million for housing prisoners through Sept. 30.

According to a monthly report compiled by Jefferson County Sheriff Roger Mulch, the jail also generated $168,819 in local funds, for a total of $2.9 million collected this year.

The average of monthly income collected for housing is $278,116, with the total monthly average at $294,998.

The jail has billed $3 million to agencies for which it houses prisoners this fiscal year. It is still waiting for $248,620 from those agencies, with the majority of accounts receivable from ICE.

In September, 421 detainees were booked at the Jefferson County Justice Center, with 5,116 booked this fiscal year. September’s count was the second-lowest number in the fiscal year so far.

Out-of-county detainees made up 239 of that number, with 2,983 being booked this fiscal year.

The average daily population in September was 86 local prisoners and 124 out-of-county detainees for a total of 210. The accrued average for the year was 75 local and 126 out-of-county for a total of 200.

The jail population on Oct. 18 was 124 Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, four U.S. Marshals detainees, no Cook County detainees and 89 Jefferson County detainees for a total of 217.

There were 10 part-time correctional officers working in September. They worked 347 hours at a cost of $4,106. Eleven part-time nursing employees worked 738 hours at a cost of $8,696; three part-time dispatch employees worked 277 hours at a cost of $3,277; and three part-time commissary employees worked 184 hours at a cost of $2,181. The total part-time employee expenditure in September was $18,262; the total for the fiscal year to that point was $140,294.

In September, Dr. Robert Parks made six visits to the jail and saw 75 detainees, spending eight hours on-site and one hour off-site.

Physician’s assistant Michelle Burwell made five visits, seeing 85 detainees, spending seven hours on-site and one hour off-site.

The two health care professionals made an accrued total of 86 visits, which provided care to 1,681 detainees.

Sheriff’s deputies made 62 citations and 50 arrests in September, also responding to 35 motor vehicle accidents. They have made a total of 613 citations and 644 arrests this fiscal year, as well as responded to a total of 355 motor vehicle accidents.