Jail Operation Cost on the Rise: More Inmates to Blame?

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tv

Published 01/22 2014 06:32PM

Updated 01/22 2014 06:43PM

Taylor County is having to allot an increased amount of funds to operate the jail. Out of the 54.5 million dollar budget for Taylor County, 8.7 million is dedicated to the operation of the jail.

The rising cost in food is one factor in this rise in total cost. Last year the county spent $690,000 to feed the inmates, but this year, it will cost $722,000.

The county is also setting aside $100,000 for repairs to the building.

Besides higher food costs and repair costs, there is one other trend that is taking a toll on the county. Lately, there are more inmates either not being able to bond out, or choosing to stay locked up. These days, the incarcerated are spending more days in jail than usual.

It costs roughly $38.50 to house an inmate for one day, which of course can add up for the taxpayers of Taylor County.

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