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Western Regional Jail Bill Goes Up For Putnam County

Reported: Mar. 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 27, 2014 9:27 PM EDT
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Winfield, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- Increasing crime in Putnam County means increasing costs at the Western Regional Jail.

"It seems like every day you hear something new about meth labs, or drug activity in the area, people being arrested,” Hurricane resident Harold Bennett said.

People like Bennett, who lives in Hurricane, said he isn't surprised about the bigger bill.

"I can see why the allocation would go up to the regional jail," he said.

When Putnam County Commissioners were making the 2015 budget, they wanted to find out how much the crime rate in the county had gone up. The number they got was unsettling.

"We talked to the prosecutor and the sheriff's. Crimes are up 20 to 30 percent, so until that problem is alleviated the region jail bill is going to be expensive," Putnam County Commission President Stephen Andes said.

Andes said the jail bill has increased about 200,000 thousand dollars every year since 2008, and this year was no different. Commissioners budgeted $1.6 million for 2014, but are going to end up spending about $1.8 million.

"The regional jail is $48.25 per day per inmate that we're charged for," Andes added.

Bennett said he understands the reason why the cost is going up, but hopes something can be done to help bring the crime rate down.

"It seems like they go to jail and turn them loose anyway, so we're just supporting them in between,” Bennett said.



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