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Contract jail space costs county $425,678
Polk County Enterprise - January 2010
LIVINGSTON — The cost of housing inmates that exceed the Polk County Jail capacity of 100 totaled $425,678 during the 2009 calendar year, Sheriff Kenneth Hammack told county commissioners as he presented monthly and annual reports on his department’s activities during Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting. The jail booked 3,489 inmates during the year and released 3,490. As of Tuesday morning, 140 people were in PCSO custody, 118 of them at the jail in Livingston and the rest at contract facilities. Jail staff were preparing to transfer several of those inmates to get the popula-tion back under 100. The yearly totals show 968 females (27 percent) were booked in and 2,527 males. The comparatively high percentage of women inmates is one of the population issues challenging the Polk County Jail. Female inmates must be separated from males by sight and sound, according to state regulations. Polk County paid for 13,881 inmate- days at contract facilities. For the month of December, 230 inmates were booked into the County Jail and 248 were released. The daily inmate average was 103. Nine inmates were transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 10 to State Jail and three to substance abuse programs operated by TDCJ. Nine more inmates are awaiting transfer to those programs. PCSO staff answered 2,210 calls to the 911 system and 3,615 other phone calls. Patrol deputies logged 66,074 miles during December, answering 91 alarm calls; 1,726 extra patrols and 877 building checks. Officers served 239 warrants and 77 civil papers during December. Ten people were transported for mental health committments during December which required 19.25 staff hours.