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Inmate costs over $18K in jail overflow
Polk County Enterprise - March 2008

LIVINGSTON — Polk County sheriff’s deputies booked 277 inmates into the county jail during the month of February, released 273 and had an average population of 90 inmates. Seventy-six of the inmates booked in were females. A total of 182 bonds were processed, allowing defendants to be released to await court appearances. That left 707 inmate days that had to be provided by contracts with other jails at a cost of $18,195. Food cost for inmates at the jail was $9,431.55 for the month, averaging $1.17 per meal served. Polk County is currently housing 15 inmates who are “paper ready” and awaiting transfer to state prison facilities, jail reports show. Seven inmates were transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice during February. Patrol deputies logged 76,249 miles during February and answered 1,267 calls for assistance.

PCSO received 3,508 911 calls and handled another 42,336 other calls. The patrol department also provided 1,244 extra patrols for high-risk areas and 738 building checks. The sheriff’s department also handled 18 mental health commitments. Seven of those commitments required out-of-county transport and 11.5 hours were spent on standby during the commitment process. Deputies answered 42 loose livestock calls during February. A total of 404 warrants were served during the month. Deputies fi led 247 offense reports, issued 33 traffi c warnings and 39 citations. Misdemeanor warrants were served in 185 cases, and 75 felony warrants were served.

The department mailed 203 letters about other pending cases. Ten cases of illegal dumping were handled by the department. Staff members registered 23 sex offenders during the month. Twenty-nine funeral escorts were provided that required 70 units and 27 staff hours.

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