WV Jail Costs Going Up

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Counties in West Virginia are going to have to pay more to house inmates beginning July 1.

The State Regional Jail and Correctional Authority recently voted to raise the per diem 72 cents to $48.25.

The increase is intended to help pay the rising cost of health insurance and utilities.

Joe Thornton, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, says the rates remain among the lowest in the country.

The money is used to provide inmates with food, clothing and medical services.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Earthmother Location: WV on Jan 3, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    Lowest rates in the country??? AND we have the highest rate of incarceration in the country. These regional jails are HORRIBLE PLACES, barely fit for human habitation!!! And they are FULL of mental patients who do not receive proper care and people who need addiction treatment in a hospital setting rather than jail time. At almost 50 bucks per day per inmate, paid for by YOUR tax dollars, for treatment you would think twice about giving your dog, I should think we would want to find a better way. Rates just keep on going up, cops just keep getting more corrupt, West Virginians keep getting poorer. Why do we have such a high rate of incarceration? Too many folks can't afford to pay BAIL. Also, it costs 8 dollars a day for home confinement! So, we are already too poor to make this system work. Maybe we need to rethink. See the legal/jail system for what it really IS, a money making scheme which does NOT benefit the citizens in any way, except to provide a few rather dishonorable jobs.
  • by me on Jan 3, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    Go back to the county jail system and the jail cost will go down. Because of the high cost to house criminals, criminals go free sooner with less deterent to not commit crime in the future.
  • by Melissa Location: Parkersburg on Jan 3, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    72 cents to $48.25!! that is crazy. Tax payer money should not go to feed the inmates or clothe them-- they do the crime.. they do the time.. some tighty whiteys and peanut butter n jelly should do
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