Riverside County, CA May Charge Inmates $143 Per Day for Jail

| by Michael Allen

KNX 1070′s Mike Landa recently reported on Riverside County, California supervisor Jeff Stone and his efforts to charge inmates for their time in jail. Stone introduced an ordinance this week seeking reimbursements for the cost of jailing inmates that an estimated $143 dollars per day.

Stone told the Riverside Press Enterprise the county could make as much as a $5 million windfall from the move. If an inmate is unable to cover the costs, the county would put a lien against any real property they may own.

“And we have probably about 25 percent of people that do white-collar crimes in this county, and those are the ones that are going to be put in the county jails, they’re going to be required to pay for their costs,” said Stone.

Stone also hopes to charge a fee to all visitors to county prisons, but lawyers say such a move would be unconstitutional.