Sheriff hopeful DOC won’t cut his inmate load

   Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples is hoping a Department of Corrections effort to clear state inmates from county jails won’t extend to his facility. If it does, he says it will create a real financial hardship.

   Peoples confirmed that his department could lose up to $600,000 a year in funding if it’s not allowed to keep DOC prisoners. The day he was speaking, 62 of the jail’s 128 inmates were state prisoners, for which his department was receiving $27 a day.

   At $27 a day, 62 prisoners would be bringing in nearly $1,700 a day or $50,000 a month, or just over $600,000 a year. That’s if the 62 in the jail earlier this week is an average, and Peoples indicated it’s probably close to it.

   “We have had (monthly) checks up to $52,000,” he said, adding:

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