Jail may see rise in revenue

Mary Perham
Joel Ordway

A new federal contract could boost revenues at the Steuben County Jail.

County Sheriff Joel Ordway said the proposed three-year contract would increase the cost of boarding each federal inmate from $75 per day up to $88 per day.

Ordway said the county currently houses 47 federal prisoners, slightly under its expected average of 48-55 federal inmates. The increase would mean roughly $600 more each month and keep the jail on pace to meet anticipated revenues of $1.6 million this year, he said.

The contract also will increase hourly rates for transportation from about $17 per hour to $19.56 per hour, Ordway said. The jail transports inmates to Rochester two or three times a week, he said.

Mileage is also expected to increase under the new contract.

The new proposal is the first written contract between the county and U.S. Marshals, Ordway said.

“Before it was always done on a handshake,” he said. “But this gives us more teeth when it comes to contracts in the future.”

The contract will be voted on by the county Legislature when it meets at 10 a.m. June 27.