Local Sheriff's Say Jails Will Feel Impact Of Prison Closures

Local sheriff's department's say they're going to feel the financial impact of four minimum security prisons across our state closing as part of cost cutting measures included in the new state budget.

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says that in the past the Pitt County Detention Center held inmates convicted of misdemeanors for up to thirty days before sending them to the Department of Correction. With the impending closure of the four state prisons, he says that his department will now have to house inmates for up to 180 days at a cost of roughly $80.00 per inmate per day, money he says his department doesn't have.

Officials say at this point, they're still trying to determine how to absorb the additional inmates and expenses.

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