NORWICH – The average stay last year in the Chenango County jail for a prisoner awaiting sentencing was 25.8 days.
There are also more individuals waiting to be sentenced at any point in time than there are those serving time. For the month of July 2010, for example, 59 percent of the inmates in the lock up were unsentenced versus 41 percent who were convicted.
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ would like to see the percentages reversed, said Chenango County Probation Department Director Laureen Clark.
“It would be interesting to see what type of prisoners are in there waiting,” she said, adding that the numbers could include repeat offenders and those farmed in from other counties.