Kathy Hollomon, county auditor, shared figures Friday indicating jailing city prisoners cost the county $186,385 in 2009. The county stated it kept Class C prisoners for 3,085 “jail days” last year. The cost per day in 2009 for housing a prisoner was estimated by the auditor to be $60.95 per day.C misdemeanors are fine-only offenses, but the US Supreme Court in Atwater v. Lago Vista said that Texas law allows arrests for these violations at officers' discretion. Gov. Rick Perry twice vetoed legislation in response to the SCOTUS case that would have limited that authority.
“We just wanted to get these figures out to the public, so they would know what it’s costing us,” said H.M. Davenport Jr., county judge.
Corsicana estimated the number of prisoners would be about 600 prisoners for 2,100 “jail days,” based on rough estimates of a four-month period this fiscal year.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Class C violators soaking up Corsicana jail beds
Corsicana's not a big place, but residents of that East Texas town sat in jail last year for more than 3,000 person-days after being arrested for Class C misdemeanor violations, according to the Corsicana Sun: