Sheriff Wants to Charge Inmates Rent

By Matthew Stabley
|  Monday, Oct 26, 2009  |  Updated 4:01 PM EDT
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FREDERICK, Md. -- Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins wants to charge inmates rent for staying in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

He proposed a $10-a-day fee for housing, $35 for dental visits and $25 for general equivalency diplomas, saying the public shouldn't have to pay, The Capital reported. That'll earn the county $1 million per year, Jenkins said.

And marijuana dealers will start dealing cocaine upon release -- shoplifters will move up to grand theft auto -- in order to pay for the extra costs they'd incur while they're out of work.

Certainly, the fees won't be an added deterrent.

The GED seems to be the only thing about corrections facilities that actually helps rehabilitate inmates.

County commissioners are expected to vote this week. State lawmakers have final say on fees charged to inmates.

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