Missouri Lawmakers Consider Boosting Payments to Jails

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 02/26 2014 05:43PM

Updated 02/26 2014 08:00PM

CARTHAGE, MO.--- Missouri lawmakers are considering boosting payments to jails throughout the state. In Jasper County alone, it cost $2.2 million to house inmates last year. $684,000 of that was covered by the state - but in theory, state payments should cover 100%. Now, Missouri Representative Tom Flanigan of Carthage wants to up the state's share from $19.58 per day to $25. The increase would be a welcome to Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser.

"It was higher three or four years ago, in the low 20s - $23 or $24 dollar range. It has decreased over the past years," said Sheriff Randee Kaiser, Jasper County. 

Kaiser says it costs almost $33 a day to house an inmate in the Jasper County Jail. That covers everything from security and jail maintenance to food and clothing for the inmates. The increase in funds could mean less of a strain on county budgets.

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