The Salt Lake County, Ut., jail charges inmates $40 each day. The Box Elder County Jail in Brigham City, Ut., costs $10 per day. Missouri’s Taney County, which includes Branson, charges $45 for a day at the jail in Forsyth. Richmond, Va., began charging inmates $1 per day April 15. The few who can’t afford that small amount can work jobs in the jail to earn the money, Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. says.
Springfield, Or., plans to charge convicted criminals up to $60 a night, depending on their ability to pay, when a new 100-bed lockup opens in October, Springfield Police Chief Jerry Smith tells USA Today. The city would recoup most of its cost of about $70 a day. The recession is prompting several local governments to turn to pay-to-stay programs, says Sara Totonchi of the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights, which fights legislation that imposes such fees on inmates.