Crawford County increases jail fees on cities

Crawford County increases jail fees on cities
A county court in northwestern Arkansas approved a higher fee on cities for housing their inmates. (Source: KAIT-TV)

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) - A county court in northwestern Arkansas has approved imposing a higher fee on cities for housing their inmates even though county officials cannot justify the increase.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Crawford County Quorum Court voted Monday to charge municipalities $40 a day per inmate, which is up from the 20-year-old fee of $10 a meal for its inmates in the county jail.

Court members, Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman and the county sheriff all agree that the county cannot justify whether the new fee fairly charges cities for the county's cost of housing their inmates.

Court members say the idea is to institute a flat fee to gauge how much revenue it generates and how it affects municipalities. Then, the county can adjust the fee to charge cities fairly.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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