|County looking at adopting new inmate billing process|
|By hollandsentinel.com- Arpan Lobo|
WEST OLIVE — How much should county jail inmates pay for their stay? That question was revisited during a work session Tuesday, Feb. 24, as the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners discussed an ongoing pilot program that charges inmates at the county jail $60 for the duration of their stay.
Previously, the county charged inmates $25 per day. Due to many inmates not being able to pay higher fees accrued from longer visits, the county sent their cases to collection agencies, often resulting in a low repayment rate.
In late 2018, the county launched a pilot study to determine if placing a one-time $60 fee would result in more inmates being able to repay the fee and avoid being sent to collections. Now, the county is deciding whether or not to keep that system moving forward.
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