When the Pulaski County Jail’s capacity dropped to 880 beds last fall, most misdemeanor convicts walked out the door. Thousands of prisoners charged on all types of offenses are processed each year, but these days, only the baddest of the bad stay behind bars. Though many are turned away, the daily prisoner count often creeps above the official 880-bed limit.
On June 6, the jail held 905 prisoners. Of those…
• 768 were men and 137 were women.
• 688 were awaiting trial on felony charges.
• 151 were convicted and waiting for transfer to the state prison system.
• 47 were awaiting trial or convicted on federal charges.
• 19 were serving time for misdemeanor convictions.