Ohio jail charges inmates to stay there

MONROE COUNTY, OH (WIS) - An Ohio jail is operating like a hotel.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is charging inmates to stay there. It's called Pay as You Stay.

If someone is sentenced to jail time, they receive an invoice when they are released. The Monroe County sheriff says the policy will help offset budget cuts.

The cost for staying in the jail is based on the hourly income a prisoner made before they were sentenced. For example, a prisoner who made $6.50 to $7.50 per hour, would have to pay $12 to $14 for every day they're behind bars.

If a prisoner doesn't pay, the sheriff's office takes them to civil court.

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