Prison population continues to drop

The average daily inmate population decreased from 331.52 in December 2019 to 319.51 in January, according to figures released at Friday’s Lycoming County Prison Board meeting.

That’s several months in a row that numbers have gone down, according to reports.

For male prisoners, the average daily number went down from 281.84 to 267.03 between the two months.

For females, the inmate population increased from 49.68 to 52.48.

County Prison Warden Brad Shoemaker told the prison board that January’s overall numbers for both males and females are lower than for any month in 2019.

“They are significantly down. We will see how this trends,” he said.

No juveniles, he added, were housed in the adult population during 2019.

In other matters, the board approved the following personnel:

• Robert Wells, correctional officer, prison.

• Hunter Lomison, resident supervisor, Pre Release Center.

• Cody Shaffer, part-time resident supervisor, Pre Release Center.