Cities feel pinch as county jail rate...

Cities feel pinch as county jail rate rises: Police departments...

There are 1 comment on the The South Mississippi Sun Herald story from Mar 11, 2008, titled Cities feel pinch as county jail rate rises: Police departments.... In it, The South Mississippi Sun Herald reports that:

“There's a big difference in what our county offers and what other counties have”

Harrison County leaders decided last summer to raise daily rates to $25 for city inmates at the county jail, but city officials have just started dealing with the increases to their budgets.

Police chiefs in the different cities said the Sheriff's Department is months behind in billing for the inmates, so they are just now seeing the changes.

However, most cities said the price is a bargain compared to the cost of building and running their own jails.

For years, the county charged cities $15 per day per prisoner, but last June supervisors approved a $10-per-day increase. The actual cost for the county is about $36 per day. Read more

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#1 Mar 12, 2008
Why don't we base it on the crime. The worse the crime the less care the prisoner gets. A murderer shouldn't get the same care as someone busted for selling pot.

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