From June 2015 through February 2016, the Logan County Detention Center has generated over $787,386 due to increasing the state inmate population. A state inmate is a person who has been processed through the system, received their sentence and is serving their time. A large portion of their daily costs at the local jail are paid for by the Commonwealth, whereas, a county inmate is someone who is awaiting the Judaical process and the cost of their daily stay at the jail is paid for by the local tax base.
Since being elected to jailer the beginning of 2015, Phil Gregory vowed to increase the state inmate population at the Logan County Detention Center. He said when he came into the jail, he saw where there was room to add more bunks in the Class D section of the jail.
“I thought this would be a great way to help offset the cost the county is having to subsidize the jail each year,” said Gregory in the beginning of his four year term. His idea turned out to be right and with the addition of 40 plus beds, his financial calculations have acceded his expectations.
Gregory introduced the 2016-2017 jail budget to the Logan County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, March 22. Although his budget was up by $327,000 from last fiscal year, due to the increased state inmate population, the county will actually be saving approximately $102,000, due to that same increase.
“I am very pleased with how the state inmate numbers have generated revenue for the county. I am also pleased it alleviates the taxpayers a little,” said Gregory. “And we are not done yet.”
Judge Executive Logan Chick said he had met with Gregory to go over the jail budget and crunch the numbers.
“I think this is a realistic budget. We expect to generate around $80,000 a month from the increased state inmate population. We looked at this moderately,” said Chick. “The cost may be up a little due to the increase of inmates, but the contribution to the county takes care of that.”
During the Tuesday, March 22 court meeting, Magistrate Jack Crossley told Gregory he was doing a great job.
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