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Johnson County releases report on public intoxication

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) -- Results of a report conducted by retired professor John Neff for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office has been released showing the summary and investigation to the number of public intoxication arrests that take place in Johnson County.

According to the report the largest portion spend less than 8.4 hours in the jail. According to Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, "This is the sort of crime that is not plugging up the jail.  The jail is full of people committing much more serious crimes that are being held for the protection of the public and because we don't have enough room for them they are shipped out of county."

The jail is on track to spend over $1 million on housing inmates out of county and additional transportation expenses of close to $100,000.

The intoxication summary follows:

Johnson County incarceration services cost about $3 million per year and booking and holding persons with public intoxication was responsible for 8.1% of the jail bed use giving an estimated $243,000 for their proportionate share of the incarceration costs.

A 25-week sample of public intoxication bookings was used to study the types of persons booked and to estimate their annual incarceration costs. These costs were distributed on the basis of bed use and inmate type as follows

  1. 64 persons registered as students at Kirkwood Community College were booked 68 times all but one were released within 24 hours.
    1. They were responsible for 7.5% of all public intoxication bookings
    2. Two (3%) were returnees that were booked 6 times.
    3. Their average length of confinement was 9.6 hours.
    4. 61% were younger than 21 and 6% were older than 27.
    5. They represent 0.5% (1.0% on an annual basis) of the students enrolled at KCC.
    6. Their estimated annual cost of incarceration was $9,250.
  2. 243 persons registered as students at the University of Iowa were booked 253 times all but one were released within 24 hours.
    1. They were responsible for 27.8% of all public intoxication bookings.
    2. Ten (4%) were returnees that were booked 20 times.
    3. Their average length of confinement was 7.2 hours.
    4. 61% were younger than 21 and 2% were older than 27.
    5. They represent 0.8% (1.7% on an annual basis) of the students enrolled at the University of Iowa.
    6. Their estimated annual cost of incarceration was $37,740.
  3. 493 other persons were booked 528 times all were released within 24 hours.
    1. They were responsible for 58.0% of all public intoxication bookings.
    2. 23 (4%) were returnees that were booked 58 times.
    3. Their average length of confinement was 8.4 hours.
    4. 29% were younger than 21 and 33% were older than 27.
    5. Their estimated annual cost of incarceration was $78,760.
  4. 50 persons were detained after initial appearance before a magistrate (detainees) and they were divided into two sets on the basis of length of confinement.
    1. 27 detainees were booked 30 times and all were released within a week.
  • i. They were responsible for 3.3% of all public intoxication bookings.
  • ii. Three (11%) were returnees that were booked 6 times.
  • iii. One U. of Iowa student and one KCC student were included in this set.
  • iv. 11% were younger than 21 and 70% were older than 27.
  • v. Their average length of confinement was 2.2 days.
  • vi. Their estimated annual cost of incarceration was $8,030.
    1. 23 persons booked 30 times were detained from 8 to 90 days and one (held for 113 days) had not been released by the end of the sample period.
  • i. They were responsible for 3.3% of all public intoxication bookings.
  • ii. Six (26%) were returnees that were booked 13 times.
  • iii. There were no students in this set, none were younger than 21 and 87% were older than 27.
  • iv. Their average length of confinement was 32.7 days.
  • v. Between July of 2005 and September of 2008 this set of inmates was booked 115 times for public intoxication from 1 to 14 times each.
  • vi. Their estimated annual cost of incarceration was $106,520.
  1. Public intoxication and OWI bookings peak on weekends and additional jail deputies are needed on weekends as a consequence.
    1. On a normal weekend the additional staff costs are $1,220 per weekend.
    2. On a weekend with a U. of Iowa home football game the additional staff cost are $4,615 per weekend.
    3. On a football weekend prisoners are relocated to other county jails to provide space for intoxicated arrestees at a cost of $1,800 per weekend.
    4. The combined additional weekend cost for a year with seven home games is estimated to be $100,000.
  2. Costs are proportional to bed usage that in turn depends on booking rate and length of confinement. For public intoxication the length of confinement depends on severity of the charge, prior criminal history and ability to make bail.
    1. For persons held less than a day 96% of the charges were simple misdemeanors and 4% were indictable (serious & aggravated) misdemeanors. This set of inmates was responsible for 3.4% of all bed use.
    2. For persons held 1 to 7 days the charges were 63% were simple and 37% indictable misdemeanors. They used 0.2% of the beds.
    3. For persons held more than a week the charges were 13% were simple and 87% indictable misdemeanors. 90% were unable to make bail, most of them were returnees and they used 4.5% of the beds.
  3. The distribution of arresting agencies for public intoxication bookings is given below
    1. Iowa City PD 57%
    2. University of Iowa DPS 29% (a 10% increase over 2003). This increase was not the result of a policy change by UI-DPS according to Vice President Charles Green.
    3. Coralville PD 5%
    4. Johnson County Sheriff 3%
    5. University Heights PD 3%
    6. North Liberty PD 2%
    7. Others 1%
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