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.