A Tallahassee Reports review of 2020 Leon County Sheriff Office booking reports show that arrests are down by approximately 30% when compared to arrests before the COVID pandemic became an issue in Leon County.
Incarcerations, while less than arrests, tracked the arrest trend during this period.
Before the COVID pandemic, data from 2019 and the first three months of 2020 shows that there were an average of 30 arrests per day or approximately 850-950 arrests per month.
However, in the middle of March 2020 arrests began to decline and reached a low of 10 arrests per day in April before trending back up.
During the the third quarter of 2020 (July-August) arrests increased to 16 per day and during the final quarter of the year arrests averaged 20 per day – a 33% decline when compared to pre-COVID numbers.
Despite the apparent correlation of the decline in arrests with the COVID mitigation efforts of state and local government, Sheriff Walt McNeil has stated that he does not believe the change is related to COVID.
The chart below shows the monthly trend of arrests and incarcerations during 2020.
Note: Tallahassee Reports codes information from the daily LCSO booking reports. Beginning next week TR will publish an analysis of the data each week.