MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) – For many of counties in our viewing area, jail overpopulation is an issue. One valley county jail faced a different issue last month. It saw a 34% increase in bookings. And for a small county, it can be quite taxing on its budget.
If you’re not following the Clark County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office on Facebook, then you’re missing out on one of the more interesting follows on social media. They’re always posting updates and keeping their residents up to date on what’s going on with their sheriff’s office. They made a very interesting post last week about how busy their month of June was. Normally, the Clark County, Illinois Jail books in about 47 inmates per month. But last month, the month of June, they booked in 63. We came over to find out why they had such a busy month.
The month began on a busy note. The weekend of June 6th through the 8th, officials booked 9 people into jail. The following weekend added 7 more. The news prompted local residents to ask if Clark County was seeing a crime wave.
“I would say it was not an increase in crime,” says Jail Administrator John Hammond. “It’s an increase in the courts processing people through the system, and we’ve had an increase in people finally serving time picking up people on warrants.”
Of the 63 new inmates, 9 others were sent to the jail to serve sentences. So how does a small jail prepare for spikes in bookings? Hammond says it’s simple. You always plan to be full.
“We’re a 50 bed jail, so you got to assume that at some point you could have 50 people or more in custody,” said Hammond.
So what were people arrested for? Hammond says charges range from failure to appear, to driving while suspended, to DUI’s. There were no arrests for violent crimes.
Be sure to follow the Clark County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office both on Facebook and Twitter. They’re one of the more informative law enforcement pages you’ll find on social media.
Here’s one last interesting factoid about the Clark County Jail. 4% of the current jail population is charged with murder. One inmate represents that 4%.