(Friday - February 26, 2021) - The average daily census at the Dickinson County Jail during January was 44 prisoners, remaining at the lowest levels seen in decades.

There are a number of reasons for the lower than normal jail census, including the elimination of cash bail for most individuals. However, the overriding reason is the sentencing guidelines issued during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The sheriff reported a total of 58 prisoners booked into the jail during the month, also an historically low figure.

In other activities reported by the Sheriff:

The County Road Patrol served 133 civil process papers; investigated 110 complaints; handled 31 accidents; issued 46 citations and 130 verbal warnings; performed 285 property checks and transported one prisoner.

The 911 enhanced emergency response center reported a total of 600 (911) calls answered; 2,698 non-911 calls; 1,807 calls for other law enforcement agencies; 416 calls for ambulance service and 37 calls for fire service.

The Sheriff's work van, a program by which certain prisoners are permitted to perform work on civic projects outside of the jail, remains sidelined due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

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