State to increase prisoner subsidies to counties

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | 1:53 p.m. CDT; updated 9:07 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Counties could get a little more money next year for housing state prisoners.

State lawmakers voted to cut the inmate reimbursement rate to counties in 2002 when faced with a budget crunch.

The increase approved Wednesday by House and Senate budget negotiators still wouldn’t return the state funding to the 2002 level, but it would come close.

Counties would get $22 a day per prisoner beginning in July. That’s 50 cents less than the level from seven years ago.

County officials say Missouri violated both the state constitution and a state law by reducing the payments.

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