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LAWRENCE COUNTY INMATES WILL NOW PAY PART OF COSTS WHILE IN JAIL

(MAR 25, 2015)  INMATES WILL NOW PAY FEES FOR COSTS THEY INCUR WHILE INCARCERATED. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TUESDAY TO CHARGE INMATES IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER A NOMINAL FEE FOR A SPECIFIED LIST OF THINGS WHILE INCARCERATED. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS AND FEES WERE APPROVED… 1 DOLLAR PER INMATE FOR INITIAL ITEMS SUCH AS UNIFORMS AND MATS, 12 DOLLARS PER DOCTOR OR DENTIST VISIT, 20 DOLLARS FOR EACH EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT, AND 10 DOLLARS FOR A TRANSPORTATION FEE. ALL INMATES WHO ARE CLASSIFIED AS INDIGENT WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE FEES. ALL FEES WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE BALANCE THE INMATES HAVE IN THEIR COMMISSARY ACCOUNT. ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF THE JAIL POPULATION HAS A RUNNING BALANCE THAT IS USED FOR BUYING THINGS LIKE CHIPS, SOFT DRINKS AND CANDY. SHERIFF BROWN THANKED THE COMMISSIONERS FOR AGREEING TO THE PROPOSAL AND HELPING OFFSET THE RISING COSTS OF OPERATING THE DETENTION CENTER. JAIL OFFICIALS INDICATED THAT WHILE THE FEES ARE NOT HIGH, OVER TIME, THE AMOUNT COLLECTED WILL ADD UP. LOWERING INMATE MEDICAL EXPENSES, WHICH AVERAGE NEARLY 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH YEAR WILL BENEFIT THE COUNTY IN NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET. COMMISSIONER CHRIS JACKSON, CHAIR OF THE SAFETY COMMITTEE, EXPLAINED THAT IF INMATES CAN AFFORD TO PURCHASE ITEMS SUCH AS HONEY BUNS AND SUN DROPS ON A REGULAR BASIS WHILE IN JAIL, THEY CAN HELP PAY FOR THE COSTS BILLED TO TAXPAYERS. THOSE TAX DOLLARS CAN BE USED IN OTHER AREAS SUCH AS EDUCATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE.