WALKER -- Cass County earned $19,200 from boarding prisoners for other jurisdictions in the Cass County Detention Center in 1999, but had to spend $13,000 to board Cass prisoners in other jails when the local one was full.
This year, Jail Administrator Ron Meeks predicted the scale may tip the other way, meaning it will cost Cass more to board prisoners elsewhere than can be recovered by boarding here.
Sentence to serve prisoner crews saved the county $51,480 in 1999 by doing their time on a work crew rather than in jail, he said.
Those crews, averaging five sentence people per crew per day, completed 16,749 hours of service, completed an estimated $114,756 worth of projects and worked off $4,325 worth of fines.
There were 170 men and 24 women assigned to the crews, with 164 men and 22 women completing their service that way.
They did 4,379 hours of work for townships, 4,179 hours for cities, 2,864 for churches, 2,373 for the county, 1,514 for the federal government, 877 for Minnesota DNR, 591 for schools and 73 for state transportation department.
Two sentence to serve crews operate in Cass County, providing services to government and non-profit agencies.
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