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State Owes Counties Over $35 Million for Holding, Transporting State Prisoners

Oct 14, 2019

The state owes county jails throughout Missouri more than $35 million, creating financial hardships and crowding issues.

The Missouri Department of Corrections is responsible for reimbursing county jails for costs associated with holding and transporting state prisoners. In recent years, however, the state’s budget for reimbursements has not kept up with the the amount it owes, resulting in millions of dollars of unpaid services and conversations about possible solutions.