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Local sheriffs continue to wait for state inmate reimbursements

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RALLS COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) - A recent Missouri state audit found the state still needs to reimburse counties funds that are owed to house inmates.

The Marion County Jail holds inmates not just from Marion County, but also from Ralls county.

Ralls County Sheriff Brad Stinson said it’s common for smaller communities to house inmates in neighboring county jails. Usually Ralls County would pay Marion County $37.50 per day for each inmate housed in their jail and would then be reimbursed $22.58 by the state.

“Statewide they would typically pay for the inmates whether they have a jail or not. That’s a set cost and that cost in not being reimbursed right now. It’s made a lot of difficulties for other agencies," said Ralls County Sheriff Brad Stinson.

The county clerk said the sheriff's office has not had to make cuts to its budget this year.

Sheriff Stinson said they haven’t received any updates from the state on the reimbursement plans.

"We keep close contact with the Missouri Sheriffs Association. They tend to have the information on that, but at this time they don’t have a time frame. It’s uncertain. They know that they state is behind, but they don’t know when it will be back to budget," Stinson said.

The Ralls County Sheriff’s Office said with such little information at this time, they don’t know if it will take months or years for the state to get caught up.

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