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Pay to Stay fees not being paid

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sharp County recently implemented the "Pay for Stay" program, a daily charge to jail inmates, through a county ordinance, allowed under Arkansas Code 12-41-505. But fees being charged inmates are not getting paid as they should.

The Sharp County Sheriff's Department proposed the fee to help offset rising costs of holding prisoners. The $35 fee in Sharp County is per day. Many counties add the fee to the cost of tickets or fines when a person is incarcerated. The fee is charged to prisoners who are jailed for as little as one day, and continues until the inmate is released.

The Sheriff's Department said the fees must be paid, and state income tax returns of non-payers may be attached for fees owed the county.

Judy Qualls, administrative assistant to Sheriff Mark Counts, said she is currently reviewing her files for the year, and will be filing on those who have not paid.

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Think about it folks: If a person is stupid enough to commit a crime and become incarcerated, chances are that they are going to have the funds to pay a per day fee. Somebody should really check stats and find out how many of the incarcerated people are habitual offenders, how many hold jobs of any length (in order to file income tax returns!, and how many are actually in a position to pay their fines and fees.

The Sheriff's Department would have been money ahead having the prisoner's work off their debt rather than imposing fines. If they had to get up and do manual labor for 8-10 hours a day, they may think twice about committing crimes.

-- Posted by goatgirl on Fri, Dec 2, 2011, at 7:27 PM

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