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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ada Jail Costs Taxpayers $97/day

The Guardian has long maintained it costs property taxpayers about $100/day to keep someone in jail or prison when all the costs are added into running a jail or prison.  Ada County was recently awarded $1 million to figure out better ways to manage their jail costs.  Again, The Guardian has been a supporter of all alternatives to incarceration due to the costs to taxpayers.  Here's a link to the KTVB video on the money awarded to research better methods of running their jail.

The actual cost of incarceration in the Ada County Jail are mentioned about 2:58 into the video.  That cost is $97/day to Ada County property taxpayers. You will have to suffer through an advertisement on the front end of the video.  It is worth a look and listen listen to what is said. 

Jails and prisons are big ugly facilities taxpayers get to pay for with some of our citizens need to be locked up while others may only need some other method of social retribution for their crimes.  $100/day per inmate seems like a lot of money to keep someone in jail for minor offenses. There are other options and they need to be researched and used.

A new $250K jail study will soon  be out for general review by the public.  The Sheriff is pushing for a new 1,000 bed jail.  Canyon County owns a jail site out on the Notus Hwy.  The last time around a special use permit was denied to the county so they could add onto the existing jail.


  1. Why does it take a million bucks for people to use common sense with taxpayer money? We have made jails a place to warehouse people who can't afford bail, have mental health issues. I think it ironic President Reagan died from alzheimer's disease, he's the one who closed down mental health hospitals, gave all those people a handful of pills and said have a nice life.

    1. First, you have to understand there are no incentive to try and save taxpayers any money. They have a built in county and city pay raise system whereby they get all the new tax base money AND they can raise our taxes 3% every year without so much as a by your leave. We governed by those with no particular qualifications other than they are able to get themselves elected. How and why Tom Dale got elected as our County Commissioner defies all logic after the urban renewal fraud he got away with building the new Nampa Police building, library and that virtually empty parking garage.

  2. I wonder how many people know that Canyon County implemented the first pre-trial release program in Idaho going back to 1989. In addition, Canyon County has been utilizing various alternatives to incarceration for the past several years, and it was done without the aid of a 1 million dollar grant.


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