Southwest Ohio jail earning money for overflow inmates

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – A county jail in southwest Ohio has become a money-maker by taking in overflow inmates from overcrowded jails in the region.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News the Butler jail has had plenty of space for local inmates and out-of-county prisoners thanks to its large facility.

The main facility in Hamilton has 848 beds and a second building can house 100 more. Five hundred of those beds are filled by local inmates on an average day.

Jail officials developed a plan in 2010 that has resulted in some 30 contracts from outside police agencies.

The federal government brings in the largest amount of contract prisoners and pays $53 per day per prisoner. The jail is projected to bring in about $5 million this year.

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