By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS – Lowndes County will no longer house state inmates after April 1 in what is being described as a cost-cutting measure.
Sheriff Butch Howard says the county will use local inmates for maintenance and garbage pickup programs once done by state inmates.
Howard says prisoners who are incarcerated on crimes ranging from drug charges to DUI are eligible to participate. Inmates jailed for violent crimes are ineligible.
Howard says there are 12 state inmates now at the jail.
Howard says eliminating the state inmates will save money. He says it costs $37 a day per inmate for housing.
The state pays $20 per day per inmate and the city of Columbus reimburses the facility $25 per day per city inmate.