Legislature discusses costs of boarding out prisoners
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OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- Once again, the cost of boarding out prisoners in Oswego County was on the table for the legislature.
Thursday evening, the Sheriff's office asked for another budget modification to accommodate the county's inmate overflow. This time around, it was in the amount of $900,000 for costs for the rest of year.
It costs about $90 a day per prisoner to stay at the Oswego County facility.
The legislature only approved the modification for $400,000. The Sheriff says that amount will only go so far.
"This is going to pay the bills through August, part of September. So what do I do? Next month I go back. And I don't like spending this money. I have never gone over budget in all of my years as a Sheriff," Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd said.
Todd says the costs doesn't account for fuel and overtime needed to travel as far as three hours or more to another facility.
Already this year, the county's facility reached its maximum capacity with 159 inmates.