County jail not near capacity

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Marshall County Jail housed considerably fewer inmates last month compared to its capacity, according to observations from officials under the sheriff's command.

"The daily average population for July was 125," Sheriff Norman Dalton's monthly report states. A corrections officer at the jail said Wednesday there are well over 200 beds at the jail.

"The jail housed 57 inmates for ... Lewisburg," Dalton's report says. "The correction officers booked and processed 200 inmates and traveled 2,047 miles while transporting 19 inmates to various locations and transporting eight subjects to mental health facilities."

Meanwhile, "Inmates worked 7,756 hours of volunteer service assisting other agencies," the department reported.

This information comes only a couple of weeks after county commissioners agreed with Dalton's request to increase the work release fee from $15 to $25 per day. It's paid by authorized inmates so they may continue to work at their job and sleep at the jail.

Additional information made available by the Sheriff's Department shows the following.

County deputies traveled 32,487 miles while responding to 467 requests for service and serving 393 warrants and summons during July. The warrants ranged from one order of protection to 268 summons. The request for service ranged from one burglary to 39 domestic violence calls. Among the 467 requests for service were: 29 stray animals, 21 suspicious persons, 15 false 911 calls and 17 theft calls. Deputies also assisted with traffic control 27 locations. Reserve Deputies also had 367 volunteer hours for the month of July.