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W.Va. Regional Jail Rate to Stay at 2013 Level

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  County officials across West Virginia have gotten some good news from the state Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

The per-diem rate that counties pay to house prisoners in regional jails won’t increase this year.

Jail authority executive director Joe DeLong tells The Charleston Gazette that an increase isn’t necessary because of better accounting and a cost-saving campaign by state jail officials.

Cabell County prosecutor Sean Hammers and Kanawha County manager Jennifer Sayre say the decision will help their counties control jail costs.

Kanawha County has the highest jail bill in the state. Sayre says Kanawha County pays on average about $350,000 a month to house prisoners at the South Central Regional Jail.