WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- There are fewer wanted criminals walking around on our streets now compared to previous years.
More than 1,600 people wanted for crimes, some of them violent, were arrested last year. The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department says that's up from previous years. Not only does that mean more people paying for crime's they allegedly committed, it also means we're safer because those wanted individuals aren't out in public with us and our families.
"That's a positive thing, moving in the right direction. You always want to clear that backlog and you want to bring those who commit crimes and have warrants, you want to bring them to justice and you do that by getting those warrants served and introduce them to the system," Sheriff Dick Meyers, said.
Once people are arrested they're moving through the judicial system quicker than in the past. Sheriff Meyers says the average jail population last year was 953. That's the lowest since 2011.