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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  • by ray Location: greenville on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:39 PM
    I for one did not totally agree the death penalty but while we haven't why should murderers, child molesters, and other bad felony sitting on death row at 20 years waiting to be put to death meanwhile our tax dollars are paying to feed them. If we would go ahead and carry out the sentence would do several things That would free up space in prisons save tax dollars most of all would make people doing these crimes think twice know that if I knew that I was going to be put to death for something I did maybe I would think twice as .
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:25 AM
    I said 10 years ago the death penalty should have been enforced, but you have too many scumbags who want to plead a mental disorder or some other kind of poor excuse the judges beleive, leading the burden to us taxpayers. I hate seeing any of my income go to support these animals. If the death penalty had been enforced more then you would'nt have had those problems with the correctional system. I saw someone say something about tent prisons. That's at least a better idea than what they have been doing.
  • by Mike Location: Onslow on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    When you turn them loose, they will return to crimes. Give each inmate a card with various addresses of KNOWN CCW holders. Let "we the people" handle the criminals.
  • by robert on Aug 10, 2011 at 04:15 AM
    cut the benefits of going to jail.no cable t.v.,no weights,no hot meals,no free medical care and when someone is sentenced to local jail,they should be made to pay for the time they are in jail,just like renting a room in a motel.
  • by what four? on Aug 10, 2011 at 02:52 AM
    What four are closing?
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      by dave on Aug 13, 2011 at 06:26 AM in reply to what four?
      durham,charlotte,haywood,cabbaurs
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 at 07:23 PM
    Yep. Kill the one percent (one penny on the dollar) sales tax so they can shoot holes in the school systems (K-12 AND college) and close the prisons. We'll soon have uneducated criminals walking the streets. Thanks, Republican legislators. No wonder you weren't allowed control for 100 years. Enjoy it now because your true colors will be seen in 2012 and you'll find yourselves out of work. We'll return to sanity in the legislature and the government will begin doing its work again.
  • by Jason Location: Williamston on Aug 9, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    Make the family pay? Are you crazy? You think your family should be disproportionately harmed by something you did? Ridiculous. Jails are an unfortunate cost we should all bear. We simply need to continually find better ways to keep more people out of jail and still keep society civil, orderly, and safe.
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      by No.... on Aug 9, 2011 at 07:24 PM in reply to Jason
      We need to start knocking them off until crime starts to drop. Televise executions. Lower the crimes that bring the death penalty. Attempted murder, idenity theft, rape, etc.
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        by uh on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM in reply to No....
        I love how most of the proposed solutions for crime reduction on this website are ideas taken from apocolyptic sci-fi action movies. Until they hear you're a yankee, then you get quotes from Deliverance.
  • by Mike Location: Grnv on Aug 9, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    Make the family of the prisoner pay. Let their family suffer. Why should I have to pay for the scum.
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