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West Virginia Agency Seeks County's Unpaid Inmate Jail Fees

Webster County

  The agency that oversees West Virginia’s regional jails is addressing a $1.3 million debt that Webster County owes for inmate jail fees.

The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says in a statement that the Regional Jail Authority filed a petition with the state Supreme Court on Thursday. It seeks to divert state tax revenues that normally would go to Webster County to offset the county’s unpaid bill for daily fees the state charges to house its inmates.

The statement says Webster County hasn’t paid its per-diem fees since 2012. The jail authority relies on the fees to operate 10 regional jails.

Webster County Commissioner Jerry Hamrick said Friday the county doesn’t have the money to pay the debt. He says Webster County lost most of its coal revenue.