(01/04/13) - The Midland County jail generated nearly $2 million in revenue last
That was the financial goal set by recently-retired County Sheriff Jerry Nielsen.
The jail was designed and built to have enough room to house inmates from other jurisdictions.
Recently-elected Sheriff Scott Stephenson says that plan is now bringing in more revenue for Midland County. The revenue goes into the general fund of Midland County. It will help offset other county costs.
The jail started accepting inmates in December of 2009. There are more than 270 beds in the facility. Right now, more than 140 of those beds are taken by inmates from other counties.
"That's one of the reasons our jail was built, to house more inmates than what Midland County actually needed. The idea was to take the empty beds, rent them out to other jurisdictions to create a revenue that Midland County could use to offset some other costs," Stephenson said.
Stephenson says his inmate population includes some from Genesee County.
At least one Midland County resident approves of the policy.
"I don't see anything wrong with it. In fact, it's good that it's being done," said Chris Garcie.
Stephenson says the money generated won't come back to the sheriff's office. He would like to see some of that extra revenue go toward his department in the future.
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