CHARLESTON -- Three hots and a cot in the Mississippi County Detention Center will now cost inmates who are sent off to prison.
During their regular meeting Thursday, county commissioners approved setting the daily rate at $35 for holding inmates who are sent to the Missouri Department of Corrections.
County Clerk Junior DeLay said he was advised by Circuit Court Judge David Dolan that Scott County had raised its rate to $35, which is the maximum allowed, to cover the actual costs of holding an inmate. As the state only reimburses at a daily rate of $22.50, Scott County reportedly bills the inmates for the balance.
Mississippi County commissioners agreed to begin doing the same as recommended by Dolan.
Missouri counties are only reimbursed by the state for inmates that are sent to the DOC for actual prison sentences. The county receives no money from the state for those who are convicted but placed on probation or sent to prison for "shock time," according to Presiding Commissioner Carlin Bennett.
Bennett said he knew the county received no money from the state for those held at the jail who are not convicted but was surprised to learn the county does not get reimbursed for all convicted inmates as he had thought the county was eligible for reimbursement once an inmate was found guilty.
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