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Madison County wants to charge jail inmates daily fee

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. - For months now, officials at the Madison County Detention Center have dealt with overcrowding.

"This drug epidemic is rampant all over the United States," said Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor.

It takes more than $2 million of the county's budget to keep the jail operating, which is why Taylor would like to see the jail create some income of its own.

"We are not going to be able to survive unless we really get strategic about ways we can generate revenue to give us a little bit of relief," Taylor said.

The county is considering the idea of instating a daily fee for inmates booked into the facility to generate those funds. Taylor says there is a statute in Kentucky allowing counties to charge a daily fee, on top of their booking fee. Madison County already has an ordinance in place from 2000 outlining a $25 daily fee for inmates.

The jailer and other county officials are working to amend that rule, and instead are looking at possibly charging inmates $10 a day.

Judge Taylor says the county both understands and accepts they will likely not be collecting 100 percent of the fees, but added that every little bit helps.

He says a projection shows if the county received 60% of those $10 a day fees from inmates, they would make about $750,000 a year.

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