Kenton prisoners to begin paying double fee

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. (AP) - Inmates at a northern Kentucky jail will have to pay double soon to help cover their costs.

Kenton County Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved raising the per diem charge for inmates from $5 to $10 starting the first of the year. That's still half of what neighboring Boone and Campbell counties charge their inmates every day.

Kenton County Jailer Terry Carl told The Kentucky Enquirer that inmate costs go up just like everything else.

Carl says he could charge up to $50 daily per inmate under state law, but he might not bring in any more money. Even at the current $5 fee, the Kenton County jail has only about a 10 percent collection rate.

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