Durant Eases Jail Budget Crisis

The Durant City Council agreed on Tuesday night to raise the price they pay the Bryan County jail for housing inmates. It's part of an effort by the Jail Trust Authority to increase income in light of recent escapes.

The Bryan County Jail houses inmates from seven different cities. The current contract states each city will be charged $24 a day per inmate. And since the first of the year, this is how the number of inmates breaks down.

Inmate count from January 2006 - April 2006

Achille________35
Bennington_____9
Bokchito_______38
Caddo_________7
Calera_________65
Colbert________99
Durant________246

Durant far out weighs the rest. And that's why the Bryan County Jail Authority turned to the Durant Police Department to help implement a plan, calling for the city to pay more now.

Right now Durant Police pays an average of $3,000 a month to the jail, and if the city of Durant approves the proposal to pay $30/day, that would mean a 20 percent increase

Currently, the jailers make $950 a month, and the jail administrator claims the recent rash of escapes are due to human errors, some that could possibly be avoided with more benefits.

Durant's police chief backed the plan, and hopes other municipalities will follow.


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