Missouri county leaders rally for inmate reimbursements

Thursday, February 5, 2009 | 11:42 a.m. CST; updated 1:07 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 5, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — About 300 county officials rallied at the Capitol to raise claims that the state is shortchanging them on inmate reimbursements.

When the state requires county jails to house prisoners, it pays counties $22 per day. But county officials say their daily costs are closer to $40.

Cole County Commissioner Chris Wrigley said his county is rapidly depleting its reserve fund because its jail is overcrowded. He said the state requires many of the inmates to stay there.

Because of the poor economy, Wrigley said commissioners hope their daily payments won't be cut this year. They hope to push for an increase in future years.


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