The Cache County Sheriffs Office is hoping the state will provide more money this year for housing state prisoners housed in county jails. Sheriff Lynn Nelson has said Cache County now receives $300,635 for housing of “Condition of Probation” inmates but the amount should be $722,000.Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, who is co-chairman of the legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee, brought no good news to the Cache County Council Tuesday night.”I would just make this prediction that I think the legislature is going to work as hard as it can to hold public ed and higher ed harmless as much as we can,” Hillyard said. “So if the question comes that we have $200 million to spend, does it go to the counties or to public ed, I think you lose on that.”In fact, Sen. Hilyard said because of budget shortfalls there’s been talk about closing one pod at the Utah State Prison which could mean more state inmates housed in the county jails or just release about 500 prisoners.
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