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From the foregoing it appears that there were 522 cases of Criminal Prosecutions; of these, 48 persons were sentenced to imprisonment in the Penitentiary, 13 persons were sentenced to pay a fine and costs and imprisoned in County Jail, 7 persons were sentenced to pay costs and be imprisoned in County Jail, 12 persons were sentenced to imprisonment in County Jail, 360 persons were sentenced to pay a fine and costs, 24 persons were sentenced to a forfeiture of liquor and to pay a fine and costs, 16 persons were sentenced to pay a fine and costs and in default committed, 9 persons were sentenced to pay costs, 1 person to keep the peace, 7 persons were convicted but not sentenced, 1 case still pending, 3 cases failed for want of prosecution, 7 cases were dismissed, 6 persons were acquitted, in 7 cases the sentence was not reported and 1 was committed for want of bail. Of the 99 Counties in this State, 53 reported Criminal Prosecutions and convic tions in District Court, 35 reported no Criminal Prosecutions or convictions in District Court, 9 made no report and 2 are not organized. 18 Counties paid costs of Criminal Prosecution that had no prosecutions or convietions in District Court.
Showing the costs of criminal prosecutions in each county of the State of Iowa, for the year ending the 31st day of October, A. D., 1863, as shown by the returns of the Clerks of the District Courts of the several counties therein:
| Costs in Paid Dist. Expense
$9,815 83 $3,525 50 $22,297 96 $13,213 74 $48,853 03
There were seventy-one counties that reported costs of criminal prosecution. Of these forty-four reported “ expense of county;" sixty-five reported the expense of grand jury;" fifty reported the amount paid "district and other attorneys," and forty-one reported the amount of costs paid in justices' courts.
The undersigned cannot close this report without venturing to make a suggestion in reference to the importance of the collection of the criminal statistics of our State. It will be seen by the report of 1862 that sixteen organized counties failed to make any report, while nine counties fail to report for 1963. An extraordinary effort was made to induce the Clerks of the several counties to make the report contemplated in Sec. 349 of the Code. It seems to me that this matter is of so much importance that it demands the special attention of the General Assembly. Would it not be wise to refer this matter to the several District Attorneys, requiring them to collect all facts appertaining to criminal prosecutions, and present them to the Attorney General, to be by him properly collated and reported to the Legislature?
JAMES WRIGHT, Sec'y State.