Missouri budget boosts county inmate payments

Friday, May 9, 2014 | 7:29 a.m. CDT; updated 1:11 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri counties could be getting millions of additional dollars from the state for housing inmates in their jails.

The state reimburses counties a fixed amount per day for each inmate who ultimately is convicted of a state crime.

That reimbursement rate had been $22 until it was cut to $19.58 by senators who were looking for savings in a tight 2011 budget.

The 2015 budget passed Thursday by the legislature increases the state's inmate reimbursement rate by $3, to a total $22.58. That will cost the state an additional $5.3 million in the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon. It takes effect July 1.

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