EAST MADISON, Maine — The Somerset County Jail has stopped accepting inmates from other counties because of an ongoing battle with the state about the cost of housing them.
Administrator Maj. David Allen says the jail will continue to swap prisoners with other counties for security reasons and will take federal inmates at $93 a day, but that’s it.
He tells the Kennebec Journal the state system was using bed space at a reduced rate — about $22 per day — while county residents were paying premium rates for their own inmates.
Sheriff Barry DeLong says it costs Somerset County $272 per day to house, feed and pay medical bills for an inmate.
There are now 125 inmates at the Somerset jail, down from about 190 a month or so ago.