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Supervisors delay hearing on sheriff's request to raise jail fees

 

Last updated 5/11/2018 at 12:24pm



RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors postponed action, Tuesday, May 1, on Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff’s request to increase the jail access fee charged to cities and other entities that book arrestees for misdemeanor offenses into one of the county’s five detention facilities.

At the request of county Executive Office staff – not the sheriff’s department – the board rescheduled the hearing on fees to June 12.

Administrators did not specify why the postponement was necessary.

Sniff is seeking a 10 percent increase in the booking fee, raising it from $514.58 to $561.61 per detainee, according to sheriff’s documents posted to the board’s agenda.

Officials said that fees are not always applied, thanks to state allocations under the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011. The county received more than $3 million in the current fiscal year to cover some jail processing costs, netting a savings to municipalities, college and special districts that use the county jail system.

When those entities exceed predetermined booking levels, based on three-year rolling averages, however, they owe the county, according to the sheriff’s department.

“Applicable cost elements for the fee include all expenditures incurred during the booking ... including but not limited to searching, wrist- banding, bathing, clothing, fingerprinting, document preparation, medical and mental health screening, warrant service, inventory of an arrestee’s property, laundry and storage of the arrestee’s clothing and inmate classification,” the agency said.

The county bills entities once a year for the aggregate amounts due.

Felony bookings, as well as misdemeanor bookings specifically related to domestic violence and traffic violations, are not factored into the fee schedule, saving entities even more money, officials said.

 

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