Sheriff Jerry Greene hopes the $40 jail inmate reception fee will generate $40,000 to $60,0000 in annual revenue.
Inmates must pay $40 for reception
Mahoning County commissioners have approved a one-time $40 reception fee to be charged to newly convicted and sentenced county jail inmates beginning in 30 days.
Sheriff Jerry Greene said the fee can be collected from inmates’ commissary funds, and he hopes it would amount to $40,000 to $60,000 in annual revenue. “We book between 6,500 and 8,000 (inmates) a year,” he said. The fee allows the sheriff’s office “to recover some funds and push the costs back onto those who break the law.”
The reception fee to help pay inmate-intake costs, which commissioners approved Thursday, was one of a series of revenue-generating proposals Greene made.
They included the $175 filing fee that took effect last Friday for bank foreclosures, which is designed to raise $200,000 a year; a one-time $25 sex-offender registration fee that will take effect Monday, which is designed to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 annually, and fees for criminal background checks that took effect Feb. 1, which are designed to raise $20,000 to $30,000 annually.
The sheriff’s office now takes applications for concealed gun-carrying permits five days a week, he said, adding that he thinks that expanded schedule will attract more applicants here.
Greene, who assumed office Jan. 7, upon the retirement of Sheriff Randall Wellington, said he has been discussing with the U.S. Marshals Service the reintroduction of revenue- generating federal inmates to the county jail.
With new revenues, Greene said he hopes to have the main county jail fully open in late March or early April. Portions of that jail have been closed in recent years due to insufficient funding.