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Report: inmates stayed longer in county jail in '13 : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Report: inmates stayed longer in county jail in '13
Annual report also shows jail meals cost county about 94 cents

by Matt Schury


Inmates at the Kendall County Correction Facility in Yorkville were housed a little longer in 2013 than last year and warrant arrests made by the County Sheriff's office were up slightly from last year, according to Sheriff Richard Randall's annual report.

Randall presented his report to the County Board during their Dec. 17 meeting.

The sheriff's annual report covers the county's fiscal year from December 2012 to November 2013 and includes the Support Services, Criminal and Corrections Divisions.

Prisoners served 49,449 days, about 2,300 more days than last year, comparing the 2013 report from the Kendall County Sheriff's office with last year's report.

Inmates were served 137,119 meals this year in the county jail, about 2,400 more meals than in 2012. The average cost per meal for the inmates was about 94 cents this year, Randall said.

The Corrections Division housed 17,148 inmates from other counties, about 1,300 more than in 2012. Randall's office billed the other counties about $1 million in 2013 to house those prisoners.

In the Criminal Division 138 felon arrests were made this past year, just seven fewer than in 2012. However, misdemeanor and felony arrests were down.

Sheriff's deputies made 1,160 misdemeanor arrests this year, compared to 1,233 last year and 902 warrant arrests, 13 more than last year.

The sheriff's office also wrote about 4,200 police reports in 2013 and over 13,500 officer-initiated activities were recorded.

The public made about 7,300 calls for service and over 30,000 police service calls were taken. Deputies made about 900 warrant arrests and divisions drove 784,777 miles in 2013.

Support service brought in about $679,000 most of which was from sheriff's sales that totaled $539,488. Sheriff's sales showed a decrease from $671,100 take in last year.

The report also outlined the office's budget for the respective Corrections Division and the Sheriff's Office.

The report shows a year to data balance in the Sheriff's budget of $5.342 million with a year-to-date balance of $5.408 million and a negative balance of -$65,552. The details on the Corrections budget shows $4.119 million with a year to date balance of $4.14 million and a balance in the red of -$28,761.

Randall noted that the Sheriff's budget was 1.23 percent over budget and the Corrections budget was .7 percent over what was budgeted for 2013.

"That was substantially due to the laborious situation with the union contracts," Randall said.

Board member John Purcell, who chair's the county's finance committee, followed up on the budget situation explaining that typically when the county is entering union negotiations there are dollars set aside in the contingency fund not in the line items in the budgets.

"So even though the sheriff is showing that these budgets are over," Purcell said, adding that those funds were covered by contingency. "Contingency came in several hundred thousand dollars under budget."

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