Oneida County Making Money Off Jefferson County Inmates

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Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns estimates taxpayers will spend between $1.3 million and $1.5 million by the end of the year to house inmates in other county jails.

One of the jails which takes in Jefferson County's overflow is Oneida County.

An expansion of the Oneida County Jail in the 1990s upped the number of beds in the facility to 632 - much more than the 144 available beds in the Jefferson County Jail.

In Oneida, Sheriff Robert Maciol can accept inmates from other counties.

It will end up bringing in just under $3 million for the county this year.

"The sheriff needs a place to put some inmates. I have the space available. I'm able to work with him and help him out and obviously at the same time Jefferson County's revenue coming our way is helping us," said Marciol.

Right now, there are 10 Jefferson county inmates in the Oneida County Jail.

At $90 per day, Jefferson County paid out $900 in one day.

So far this year, Jefferson County taxpayers have sent about $165,000 to Oneida County.

"We've had ad hoc committees over and over on jail expansion and there's just no movement from the board to go in that direction," said Burns.

But Burns hasn't stopped asking the legislature, which thinks exporting inmates is more cost effective than expanding.

"Capital costs and the cost of staffing offset any revenue you may see," said Legislator Mike Docteur (R. - District 1).

That means the out-boarding will continue, for now.

Monday, July 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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