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Overflow of county jail inmates down last month
Polk County Enterprise - December 2009
LIVINGSTON — The cost of housing overflow inmates in contract facilities outside Polk County dropped during November, according to a report released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 8. Contract jail space cost Polk County $54,640, down from nearly $79,000 the previous month, the report said. Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said the community supervisions department and district attorney’s office has been working with PCSO to identify inmates who can be released on personal recognizance bonds while awaiting trial. The effort has helped to reduce the jail population and so far none of the inmates who passed the pretrial screening have had to be rearrested, Hammack said. The county jailed booked in 249 inmates during November and released 277. Of those, 70 were woman and 179 men. During November, 24 inmates were transferred to state prisons, three to boot camp, three others to state jail and three to substance abuse programs. There were 14 additional inmates ready for transfer to Texas Department of Criminal Justice programs. Patrol deputies logged more than 68,000 miles on patrol during November and were dispatched to 1,189 calls for assistance. PCSO deputies responded to 86 alarm calls, provided 726 building checks and 2,306 extra patrols on high-risk locations. Deputies handled 17 commitments to inpatient mental health facilities, requiring 23 transports and 55.25 man-hours. PCSO was called out 61 times to corral loose livestock last month. Patrol deputies spent 17.5 hours provided escorts for 18 funerals which required a total of 33 patrol units. They issued 24 citations, 23 traffic warnings and 228 offense reports.