State inmates at jail costing Cole County

Over the past couple of weeks, the new Cole County Jail has been running at about 80 percent of capacity, with an average daily population of 131-141 inmates.

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But Presiding Commissioner Marc Ellinger has some concerns about these figures. Ellinger noted the county only gets around $20 a day to house prisoners on state charges and, with the actual cost of housing each inmate running around $78 a day, the county loses more money the longer an inmate stays in the county jail.

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