(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.
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.
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.