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Inmate numbers continue to decrease

The average daily overall prison population decreased between the months of October and November, according to figures released this week by the Lycoming County Prison Board.

Inmate numbers for both male and female inmates in the county dipped from 337.39 to 332.17 per day during that period for both the prison and Pre-Release Centers.

The average daily male population fell from 285.90 to 281.77, while the female population decreased from 51.48 to 50.40.

For the year, the month of March has marked the highest average daily population at 352.61 for both male and female inmates.

The number of male and female inmate transfers from out of the county to other prisons increased from 10.58 to 20.14 between October and November.

Earlier this week, county commissioners discussed the possibility of transferring county prisoners to empty beds in the Pre-Release Center to decrease the number of inmate transfers.

Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare, a member of the prison board, said county officials are working toward addressing the prison population.

“I think everyone is receptive,” he said. “I think you will see a spirit of cooperation to address overcrowding.”

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