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Inmates awating trial drive up costs

Curtis Johnson of The (Huntingdon) Herald-Dispatch used Cabell County court and jail records to show that ."inmates facing felony charges, most of whom were awaiting trial, accounted for 62 percent of the month's bill. That's important, because if convicted, the state takes over the cost of their imprisonment." The records show that "reducing the jail bill would require a dramatic shift toward speedier trials along with pre-trial and sentencing alternatives."

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