Reimbursement for Inmates Changing?

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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Johnny Stringer said Tuesday he's taking no stance on a proposal to reduce by $5.00 a day the amount counties receive for housing state prisoners.

Stringer said it may be several weeks before his committee looks at the bill.

The House Penitentiary Committee voted last week to reduce the amount counties receive for housing state prisoners from $20.00 to $15.00 a day, beginning Oct. 1.

The bill would extend a law that allows the state to house inmates in local jails to 2006.

Lee County Sheriff Jim H. Johnson said the $20.00 must cover the inmate's meals, jailer salaries, the wear and tear on local facilities, transportation and medical care.