The Jasper County Sheriff releases year end crime numbers for 2018.
Overall crime is down about ten percent, with big drops in reports of burglary, stealing and crimes against children. But the number of inmates housed at the county jail is up, an average of 233 per day compared to the intended capacity of 183.
“The arrest rate is one of the things that affects that number but there also factors in there like bond. There’s factors in there like availability of a public defender to see somebody,” says Randee Kaiser, Jasper Co. Sheriff.
The county is asking voters to approve the extension of an existing quarter cent sales tax to help expand the county jail and address issues at other county buildings. That’s on the April second ballot.