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April 22, 2013

County jail population decreases

MT. VERNON — Detainee population at the Jefferson County Justice Center declined slightly in March, according to the monthly report submitted by Sheriff Roger Mulch to the county’s Public Safety Committee.

The out of county detainee population dropped significantly between February and March — from 13 to seven. The county booked 164 prisoners in March, down from the 177 incarcerated during the month of February, the report stated. The out of county detainees booked from Dec. 1 through March stood at 48 — one of the lowest numbers recorded in several years.

Since the beginning of the fiscal year, the county has incarcerated 677 prisoners, including an average of 88 total prisoners in March. The accrued average of county detainees is 85 and the average out of county detainees is five. The total accrued average is 90.

Jefferson County has had no ICE prisoners since early December due to a lack of medical services. The county had two U.S. Marshal’s Office prisoners as of March 18.

Mulch reported the county has collected $546,170 this budget year for housing prisoners, as of March 31, and the total dollars collected this budget year is $59,470. The total of all fees and services this budget year is $605,640.

Advanced Correctional Healthcare personnel, which took over the county jail’s medical needs recently, saw 61 detainees in March, resulting in seven visits, and 24 hours on site. Mulch reported an accrued total of 37 visits that provided medical care to 208 detainees.

As a result of the recent layoffs in the sheriff’s department, there was no money expended for part-time personnel in corrections, nursing, dispatch and commissary. The total spent for the budget year for part-time personnel stands at nearly $14,000, the report stated.

Deputies issued 107 citations in March, making 50 arrests. The county responded to 46 traffic accidents. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, deputies have issued 450 citations resulting in 198 arrests and responded to 167 traffic accident.

Mulch reported an inspection of the jail will be conducted some time this week by ICE officials. If the inspection meets federal codes, ICE prisoners could be returned to the Justice Center within 48 to 72 hours.

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