A review of LCSO Booking Reports show that the number of weapon related arrests increased in January 2020 when compared to weapon related arrests during January one year ago.
In January 2019 there were 71 arrests that involved weapons charges. That number increased 25.4% to 89 in 2020.
The overall number of arrests in 2020 were down 1.5% from 917 in 2019 to 907 in 2020. Of the the 907 arrests, 661 individuals were booked in the Leon County jail. Last year during January there were 670 individuals booked in the Leon County jail.
Other findings from the LCSO Booking Reports from January 2020:
- Arrests related to violent charges were down 4.1%, from 194 (2019) to 186 (2020).
- Of the 194 arrests related to a violent charge, 42 of those arrests also included a weapon charge.
- Arrests related to non-violent drug charges was down 32.8%, from 180 (2019) to 121 (2020).
- Arrests related to non-violent property charges increased 41.2% from 177 (2019) to 250 (2020).
About the analysis: The analysis is based on data provided in LCSO Booking Reports which are released each morning. Each Booking Report is reviewed and each arrest is coded by TR staff.
While there may be more than one charge for each arrest, TR only codes each arrest based on one charge based a defined hierarchy. The hierarchy of charges is as follows: Violent, Drug, Property, DUI, and Other. For example, if someone is arrested for a sexual battery charge and a drug charge, the arrest is coded as Violent.
Also, each arrest is coded separately if a weapon charge is present.