Prisoners in Ark. jail to get bills for services

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) - Clark County officials want prisoners in the county jail at Arkadelphia to pay for their punishment. Starting this year, inmates will be charged a daily rate and mileage for the trip to jail, plus fees for seeing a doctor or nurse.

The Arkadelphia lockup joins several other jails across the state in starting a pay-to-stay program to help recoup some costs of keeping prisoners behind bars. Authorities say the inmates will be billed at a rate of $58 a day, plus $20 for doctor, dentist or nurse visits, $10 for prescription medications and fees for transportation.

Sheriff David Turner said that, if a prisoner is too poor or if paying would cause a hardship on their children, the money likely won't be collected.

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