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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

MOUNT VERNON — Sheriff David Shaffer says the inmate population at the Knox County Jail continues to stay consistent at 90 plus, with the current count at 95.

Shaffer told County Commissioners Thom Collier and Teresa Bemiller that 17 inmates are female and 78 are male; two are from Lawrence County, and one is a federal prisoner.

Of the 95, 51 are unsentenced felons and 13 unsentenced misdemeanor offenders; 21 are serving time for misdemeanors. Shaffer said that the Mount Vernon Municipal Court is trying to work out other arrangements for misdemeanor offenders, such as daily monitoring and drug testing, rather than sentencing them to a jail term.

Shaffer also told the commissioners that his office has reached the amount budgeted for the equipment and vehicle line accounts. He noted that the Ford SUVs have a better tire and brake life compared to the Impalas.

Shaffer said he will have a better handle on wages in the next few weeks as officers cash out their comp time. Overtime has been an issue, partly due to staffing and partly due to recent incidents the office has handled.

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