Cost to operate jail dropping

By Chris Cooper -

Jailer Phil Gregory recently released a comparison from previous years to date of how much it costs the taxpayers of Logan County to operate the detention center. He did this at the Tuesday, July 26 fiscal court meeting, soon after magistrate Dickie Carter had made a motion on July 12- which did not pass- to build onto the detention center due to overcrowding. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin had said he would have to see actual numbers and be convinced of the need to expand the jail before he could vote for such a project.

According to Gregory’s calculations, it cost the taxpayers $1,493,443 in the 2011-2012 fiscal year to run the jail. In 2012-2013 it cost the county taxpayers $1,445,542 to run the jail. In 2013-2014 it cost the county taxpayers $1,486,863 to run the jail. In 2014-2015 it cost the county taxpayers $1,328,784 to run the jail. In 2015-2016 it cost the county taxpayer $733,749 to run the jail. This includes all costs associated including the bond payment. That is a decrease of $759,694 from 2011 to now.

Logan County’s Detention Center had a whopping 234 inmates as of Tuesday, July 26. Out of that number 145 were classified as state inmates, with 89 classified as county inmates. A state inmate is someone who has been through the court system and is serving out their sentence. A county inmate is awaiting processing. A state inmate’s stay at the jail is paid mostly by the Commonwealth through state taxes. The county inmate’s stay is paid for from local tax dollars.

The county has subsidized the detention center since it was built over 20 years ago. However, that amount is now slowly decreasing thanks to the adding of beds on the Class D side of the jail, and bringing in state inmates to serve out their time in Logan County.

The state Legislature in Kentucky has assigned felonies as either capital offenses or in categories from Class A to Class D, with Class D offenses being the least serious. Class D felonies include: sale of marijuana near a school, theft – $500 or more, possession of certain drugs – second offense or greater, felony drunk driving, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, criminal trespassing and or shoplifting.

Magistrate Bouldin and Carter both acknowledged the great job Gregory has been doing to decrease the subsidy the county pays to operate the detention center.

Carter still believes an addition is needed at the jail, which would include a much needed learning area. He said he would just like to see how much it would cost.

By Chris Cooper

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