On Monday morning, Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward reported just over half a million dollars in out-of-county inmate housing income for 2020.
“For the time being, as long as we have additional beds available, I am contracting with other counties and entities to house their prisoners,” he said.
Atascosa County contracts inmates from counties including Hayes, Comal, Kendall and McMullen, as well as the US Airforce joint military base in San Antonio. “We took in $583,778 from these other counties for keeping their inmates. This is a significant amount of money for Atascosa County. It only costs us a small amount for the extra food, so it’s mostly all profit for the county.”
On average, the Atascosa County Jail houses these inmates anywhere from two to three months. In the past quarter, Sheriff Soward reported a total income of $156,057 from out-of-county inmate housing as follows:
• August 2020 from Kendall and Comal Counties – $74,665
• September 2020 from USAF, Kendall and Comal Counties – $63,992
• October 2020 from Kendall County – $17,400
“The revenue from outof county inmates in the Atascosa County Jail is a planned revenue stream that we considered when planning the bonds (COs) for the project,” said County Judge Bob Hurley. “It is gratifying that the Sheriff and my plans have worked. I have to quickly add it is the Sheriff that makes it work and he should get the credit. That $583,778 covers and exceeds the annual bond note for the jail expansion, which includes the improved area for in – county inmates.”
In addition, Sheriff Soward reported that the Atascosa County Jail booked a total of 2,154 persons including 1,758 males and 396 females in 2020. The average daily jail population was 182, including 154 males and 28 females. He also reported a total of 1,062 hours of training for sheriff deputies and jail administrators.
“The Jail Activity Report reflects the number of bookings that occurred during the year of 2020. A “booking” occurs when an individual is charged and arrested for a crime and is placed into the jail. Our jail has a 250-inmate capacity since the jail addition was finished in late 2019,” said Sheriff Soward.
2020 ACSO activity report
In 2020, the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office saw a significant drop and increase in certain types of crimes when compared to previous years, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and more people being at home.
Sheriff Soward reported that burglary calls were down 146 in 2019 to 117 in 2020, although the county did experience a large number of thefts.
On the other hand, the ACSO saw an increase in disturbance/family violence calls, also possibly due to more people being cooped up at home. In 2019, the ACSO saw 698 calls for disturbance/ family violence while they saw 752 calls in 2020. Assaults, both misdemeanor and felony, also increased significantly from 280 to 397.
Please see the three accompanying charts for more information on ACSO activity over the past four years.