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February 1, 2008

Bainbridge--  Two years ago, beds far outnumbered the inmates at the Decatur County jail. That was far from the situation in Fulton county says Jail Administrator Major Linn Harrell. "They're under court order to reduce to overcrowding and do major renovations on their facility."

The two worked out a deal to benefit both sides. Decatur County now houses 80 Fulton county inmates and make $35 a day for each one. "Basically all we're doing is providing a bed, food, medical care," says Harrell Medical care is even reimbursed, so the cost to the jail to house the inmates is minimal.   "The building's got to be heated and cooled and the beds are there so its taking anything extra to keep the people except maybe an extra staff person per shift," explains Harrell.

The inmates from Atlanta aren't the only way the jail makes it's money.  "We house Bainbridge Public Safety's Prisoners, the commissary program, telephone commissions add up to about $35,000 to $40,000 a year.  So I mean there's all kinds of ways that money's coming in," Harrell says.  And coming it is.  Harrell expects the jail to gross over $1 million for the fiscal year that will go back to the county.

Harrell says, "The Sheriff wants to put it back to the people in the county, I agree with him.  Let's give them something back."  He says, if it cuts taxes somewhere down the road for the county, the extra work is worth it.

The $1 million the jail is contributing makes up half of their $2.3 million budget for this year.

 

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