Prison inmates on the rise

McELHATTAN – There are more inmates in the prison.

The Clinton County Prison Board met Wednesday and released the latest figures showing a 46-percent rise in the number of inmates versus a year ago.

However, the majority of the detainees are not from Clinton County, meaning cells at the prison are being rented, so to speak, from other counties, the state and federal governments.

The October average inmate population was 228 male detainees and 32 female detainees.

That compares to 170 men and 15 women in October 2017.

The peak in October was 235 men and 35 females.

Out-of-county inmates totaled 156 men and 11 women for the month, comprising the bulk of the population and providing the county with valuable revenue to offset the cost of running the jail.

Also in October there were two emergency room visits, one male and one female, seven medical referrals (all male), and five dental reports.

A total of 915 medical prescriptions for detainees were reported, along with 147 admissions examinations, and a total of 138 sick-call exams, with 118 of those for male detainees and 20 for females.

The prison board reports 33 behavioral infractions in October, down from 49 the previous month.

There have been a total of 391 behavioral infractions this year to date.

They also report:

r A total of 502 cell searches, down from 677 cell searches for the previous month. There have been a total of 8,294 cell searches this year to date.

r A total of 11 extraordinary reports, which is down from 22 for the previous month. There have been a total of 141 extraordinary reports this year to date.

r A total of three detainee assaults on other detainees, which is up from two incidents the previous month. There has been a total of 22 such detainee assaults this year to date.

r One employee was assaulted; there were none the previous month. There have been a total of two prison employees assaulted so far this year.

r A total of three fights, up from two fights the previous month. There have been a total of 15 fights so far in 2018.

r A total of two incidents involving use of force; there were none reported the previous month. There have been a total of 24 of such incidents reported this year to date.

There were no reports of fire-arson, suicide, attempted suicide, sex offenses, deaths or homicides for the month of October, though the board notes that there was one case of attempted suicide previously on the year.

“Per diems are up to 160 for October, and 170 for November. We expect to have no problem meeting the projected budget for housing detainees,” said prison Warden Angela Hoover.

“We are well above where we were at a year ago,” added prison board Solicitor Rocco Rosamilia.

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