LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Facing roughly large vacancies, administrators at the Cache County Jail are negotiating to bring in federal prisoners to shore up a revenue shortfall.
The new jail has never been as full as officials initially expected. Right now, the 360-bed institution houses just 130 county inmates.
That has left prison administrators in a bind to make up a big revenue shortfall. In work release alone, actual earnings of 77-thousand dollars midway through the year so undercut expectations that officials dropped earlier projections by two-thirds, to 132-thousand dollars.
With fewer inmates, the jail also isn't making as much money on long-distance phone service used by inmates.
The U-S Marshals Service will initially pay a standard monthly rate of 50 dollars per federal inmate, until an audit determines the jail's actual monthly cost, which should range from 50 to 73 dollars.
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