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County jail costs to city goes up

The cost for suspects arrested by Kingman police, charged and/or convicted in municipal court and housed in Mohave County Jail will rise slightly in fiscal year 2000-2001.

The Kingman City Council recently approved renewing a contract to house city inmates in the jail for the 2001-2002 fiscal year at $47.94 per day, an increase from $45.51 a day from the previous fiscal year.

A total of 3,277 people were arrested by KPD in 2000.

That sum includes juveniles and adults, misdemeanors or felonies and also included those cited and released, taken to jail or summoned to court, according to KPD Cpl.

Tracie McKnight.

The county billed the city more than $70,857 for inmates charged and convicted for misdemeanors in municipal court and incarcerated at the jail during 2000, according to a Kingman municipal court records.

The cost per day for an inmate actually dropped from $49.34 a day from January through June 2000 to $45.51 a day from July 2000 through June 2001, municipal court records show.

Costs periodically are adjusted for the higher or lower costs to feed, clothe and house an inmate, McKnight said.

The majority of jail inmates charged and or sentenced at municipal court are suspected of misdemeanor domestic violence or DUI.

Approximately half of the DUIs at the jail are misdemeanors, Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Johnson said.

Johnson also said the county tries to charge inmates $1 a day for food to compensate part of the jail cost.

However, not all inmates have the money to pay, he said.

County expenses include medical, psychiatric and psychological treatments and transportation costs after a suspect's initial appearance at municipal court.

County also pays booking records of an inmate.

The city is responsible for the transportation of the inmate to the jail at the time of an arrest.

The renewed contract also allows KPD officers access to the county jail to interrogate an inmate or other official business.