YOU issue: Who’s in jail?

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail. Photo: Eric Kelley The Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail. Photo: Eric Kelley

Here’s what readers asked for:

Pick one day and find out in Charlottesville and Albemarle County the name of everyone locked up in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on that day, the reason they are there, and their anticipated release date.—Catherine Wray

With close to 500 inmates in the regional jail, we pretty quickly nixed the idea of listing the name of everyone locked up, the reason they’re there, and their anticipated release date.

Here’s what we can tell you about what was going on at the jail on October 31, courtesy of Superintendent Martin Kumer.

Number of inmates: 488

How that fluctuates: Over the past few years as low as 380 to a high now of 488.

Number of beds: The jail is rated to have 329 beds, but actually has around 600.

Number of men: 415

Number of women: 73 (It’s been consistently 85 percent men, 15 percent women for the past two years.)

Racial breakdown: Roughly 50/50 among blacks and whites (the prison software does not track any other races).

Average age: Unreported, but “I would put it in the low 30s.”

Average length of stay: 35 days.

Number that are U.S. citizens: “We don’t have a report for that but I would estimate fewer than 10 at any time report being a citizen of another country.”

Most common charge resulting in incarceration: Not tracked, but “probation violation is probably the most common.”

Number in solitary confinement:
18 on October 31.

Number in work release: 28, but it fluctuates.

Cost per day per inmate: $91, but “that number is not a true cost of incarceration and is very misleading. That number is derived by totaling all of the inmate days per year and dividing it by the total budget. However, some of those costs are fixed so the jail population doesn’t directly impact the overall budget.”

Annual Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail budget: $15,345,000

Budget contribution from Albemarle: $3,541,000

Contribution from Charlottesville: $4,591,000

Nelson County: $618,000.

(Contributions are based on a percentage of that jurisdiction’s inmates.)