Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Bilodeau made an initial proposal for Pay for Stay changes at the Cache County Council Meeting on Tuesday night. Bilodeau admitted he felt they were setting inmates up for failure by giving them a huge bill to pay as soon as they were released from jail. Currently, inmates are charged $45 per day while they are housed at the Cache County jail. For someone serving just 90 days that bill adds up to over $4,000.
Bilodeau presented the idea of giving inmates the chance to pay a small portion each month and if they pay consistently, the Pay for Stay total would be reduced by 80 percent. Doing this would bring prisoners’ pay down from $45 per day to $10 per day.
“We believe this would teach inmates responsibility and accountability,” Bilodeau said.
Bilodeau explained that many inmates who either do not have jobs or have low paying jobs do not have the means to pay their Pay for Stay bill. This often results in Collections needing to step in. The idea behind the proposed Pay for Stay changes is to motivate inmates to make payments consistently and avoid sending them to Collections.
The proposal gained the Council’s consent but a resolution is needed. Further discussion of the Pay for Stay changes will be discussed in a future Council meeting.