Yakima looking at cheaper ways to house inmates

Yakima looking at cheaper ways to house inmates
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A new plan to pay for the local jail. City and county officials are looking for new ways to save your money.

Right now, people held on a misdemeanor are kept in Yakima's city jail. When cells are full, they go to the county jail.

It might be cheaper to send inmates to Lower Valley jails instead. The savings could be more than half a million dollars a year.

"Sunnyside and Toppenish have a lower rate then we are currently paying," said Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke. "It's $45 per day, per inmate."

By comparison, the Yakima County jail charges close to $70 a day per inmate.

The county would still take some of the inmates. Felons would still go to county lock-up.