Posted On: April 18, 2012 by Timothy Bussey

County Jail Costs Can Be High Even for Minor Offenses

CO Felony CrimeColorado county jails are generally responsible for housing those convicted of misdemeanors and those awaiting charges or trials on a wide range of possible conduct. The costs of housing people in jails, however, can be quite high, according to a recent article in the Longmount Times-Call. When a person has multiple run-ins with law enforcement, these costs can add up.

The Times-Call article looked at the average costs of housing a person in the Boulder County Jail, which spends similar amounts to jails in other Colorado counties. Boulder County Jail officials estimate that each arrest costs between $250 and $1,000, depending on the complexity. These costs are separate from the costs of booking each arrested person brought to the jail, which runs about $30. If a single person is arrested and booked more than once, these costs apply each time an arrest or booking takes place.

Once a person is in jail, it costs about $67 a day to keep them there, as long as they are not suffering from a mental illness or another condition that needs treatment. If they do need treatment, the cost goes up to just over $90 a day, according to jail officials. Courts try to recover some of these costs from people if they are convicted, but not all can afford to pay.

The burden of a criminal charge or conviction doesn’t stop at a jail or prison sentence. Fines, restitution, court costs, probation requirements, and other penalties also affect a person’s ability to build a successful life. If you’re facing felony charges in Colorado, the knowledgeable Colorado Springs felony defense lawyers at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free, confidential telephone consultation.