Jail issues nothing new

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 09:27 AM.

The cost to house an inmate per day in Gulf County is $79.21, based on population averages and the jail’s $1.2 million budget.

The average inmate count is 42; the low has been 17 and the population does not exceed 80, according to statistics provided by county administrator Don Butler.

The winter and holidays are typically when the population is low; it swells in warm months and before circuit court days.

 The cost of housing an inmate in Bay County is $41 per day.

Based on an average of 42 inmates, that translates into an annual cost of $628,530, or a savings of more than half a million dollars.

“This would benefit Bay County to fill its jail and will shift the costs and liability out of the county,” Bryan said.

Those numbers do not include transportation back and forth to Bay County, but Bryan has contended the issue should be examined.

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