Counties Push Legislature For State Felon Reimbursement

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee county officials plan to ask the General Assembly again this year for more money to cover the cost of housing state felons in local jails.

Legislation failed earlier this year that would have increased reimbursements from $35 to $50 per day for each state inmate. But members of the Tennessee County Services Association want to make an increase in payments the top priority next year.

Correction Commissioner George Little said encouraging some counties to build regional jails makes more sense "rather than just putting more money on the table."

According to a Department of Correction report, there are nearly 2,000 state inmates in local jails awaiting transfers to state facilities.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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