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Holding State Inmates Brings Hefty Bill For County Jails

Posted: December 16, 2013 at 5 a.m.

The reimbursement the Arkansas Department of Correction pays to county jails to hold its inmates isn’t enough to cover the cost, which could push the Washington County Detention Center and other jails over budget.

By The Numbers

Inmates

Inmate Cost Per Day: about $45

State Reimbursement Per Day: $28

Washington County’s State Inmates: 234

Net Cost Per Day: $4,000

Net Cost Per Month: $120,000

Source: Staff Report

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