Logan County’s Detention Center has meet its anticipated budget for revenue collected from the state inmate population. According to jailer Phil Gregory, he predicted the housing of state inmates would generate close to $600,000 in a year’s time. His estimate, however, seem to be a little better than he had thought, since collection is now $625,000 with four and a half more months to go before fiscal year end.
“I am astounded at what has been collected from raising the state inmate population, but I cannot say I am surprised,” said Gregory, who took office as jailer in January of 2015. “I knew our jail was capable of increasing the state inmate population, and I also knew this was a way to generate money and save the local taxpayer dollars.”
Gregory reported a 177 inmates in the county’s jail as of Tuesday, Jan. 12. Out of that number 99 are classified as state with 78 as county. A state inmate is one who has gone through the judicial process and has been sentenced to serve time. A large portion of the state inmate’s stay in jail is paid for by the Commonwealth, whereas a county inmate is still awaiting to be processed through the system, and their stay is paid for with county funds that come from local taxpayers.
In the month of December Gregory said he received a check for $99,786 from the state for housing state inmates. There has been an approximately 8 percent increase in expenditures for the increase of state inmates, said Gregory.
When the detention center was built, it was supposed to pay for itself, according to magistrate Dickie Carter. However, the county has had to subsidize the jail since the beginning. It now looks as if the initial idea could be heading in the right direction.
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