More arrests, fewer inmates. While it may sound like somewhat of a mistake, it is actually the result of long days, hard work, and successful programs at the Grundy County Jail.
On September 1, 2014, the inmate count was 79, with an average daily population of 69. This past Monday evening the inmate count was at 43, with an average daily population of the same.
This year the Sheriff’s Office has already processed 487 arrests. That is an average of 61 arrests a month. In 2014, the total number of arrests was 602 with a monthly average of 50. At the current rate, the GCSO can expect to book approximately 240 more people by the end of the year.
With more arrests, the question is how the sheriff’s office is keeping fewer inmates. Sheriff Clint Shrum explained, “We have seen a tremendous decrease in population due to a number of reasons. First, our corrections staff is actively engaged in the court process. Captain Lance and Sergeant Meeks ensure the court dates are made and paperwork is ready to go.
“Second, if a person is arrested they are given a bond as soon as possible, unless there is an investigative hold or the court deems the subject to be held without bond.
“Third, the offender monitoring system is working. Offenders on ankle bracelets are complying and that’s a good thing.
“Finally, people just don’t want to come back to jail in Grundy County.”
The recidivism rate is currently around 30.65 percent, and has been as low as 25 percent.
“I realize these numbers can change overnight, but we will enjoy it while we can, and continue to work hard to keep Grundy County safe.”