Ka-ching for the clink: jail fee increasesServing time in the Washington County Jail? Get ready to shell out more money.
By: Scott Wente, Woodbury Bulletin
Serving time in the Washington County Jail? Get ready to shell out more money.
Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton asked county commissioners today to raise the jail booking fee from $10 to $25. The increase is allowed under a new state law, he said, and it narrows the gap between what is charged and what it costs to pay sheriff’s deputies who handle book-ins.
Commissioners voted 5-0 for the increase.
The fee applies to people booked into jail to serve a court-ordered sentence, not to people who are booked and released on charges such as driving penalties.
The sheriff’s office collected $51,700 in jail booking revenue in 2008. The fee increase is expected to net the office another $50,000 annually, Hutton said.
See the Dec. 2 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin for more on this story.