BENTON -- After years of preparation, Scott County has opened a new revenue stream when it began boarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees in the county jail earlier this month.
"Right now, we're holding 10 prisoners," said Sheriff Rick Walter. "This is something that I've wanted for a long time -- we've worked toward it, done the paperwork, gone through the inspections, and now we're finally housing them."
Scott County's cost to house inmates is about $35 daily. Since ICE pays $51.60 per detainee per day, the county profits just over $16 each.
"We figured with just eight, we could bring in about $11,971 for the month of December," said Walter. When figured with 10 prisoners and subtracting the costs of housing the detainees, the county is slated to make around $5,000 in a month.
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