Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office helps lower jail bill 20 percent

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FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — The largest expense for most counties is the regional jail bill. Each inmate costs $48.50 a day.

Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Mauzy, is learning that taking a closer look can save the county thousands. He said Fayette County will get a $32,000 credit on next month’s jail bill. The county was billed for people who were not from Fayette County, and for people who were sentenced to prison and no longer in the regional jail.

Mauzy said, the prosecutor’s office also complied with directives of the Supreme Court and the Fayette County Circuit Court to try and reduce the number of inmates by reducing bonds for non-violent, pretrial felony alleged offenders, and various misdemeanor cases.

“I’m not going to let anybody out that I think is dangerous or violent or anything like that if I can help it,” said Mauzy.

The jail bill for Fayette County for the month of April 2020 was approximately $20,000 lower than it was for March 2020.

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