Utah County Jail to Charge Inmates for Their Stay; Discounts Available
Saturday, June 28, 2008
HURRICANE, Utah — Inmates at Washington County's jail will soon be picking up some of the tab for staying there.
The Purgatory Jail is starting a pay-to-stay program, charging inmates $45 for each day they are held there.
Jail officials say it's a way to offset costs and an incentive for inmates to avoid coming back.
Inmates can cut their tab through several discounts. There's a 10 percent discount if they aren't disciplined during their stay. Inmates who go through educational programs get another 10 percent cut and a discount up to 50 percent for those who pay their tab in full when they're released.
The fee begins July 15.
So, what do you think of this? There have been complaints for as long as I can remember about the costs of housing, feeding, providing health care, etc. for prisoners. $45 a day is not all that much if you consider how much it costs a normal person for housing and food. However, in the long run, it will offset the costs of caring for prisoners quite a bit. My question is how they are going to enforce this? If the prisoner cannot pay, will they be sued for non-payment? Will it go on their credit record? I think that the concept for this program is great, but I'm wondering how it's all going to play out. What do yall think?