The Glendale Police Department jail has collected more than $1.5 million in fees associated with inmates who opt to pay to stay at the facility.
The $1.58 million in inmate fees generated by the pay-to-stay program since it began in 2008 has helped offset operational costs, according to a recent report presented to a police advisory committee.
“The savings gets rolled back, initially, to the taxpayer,” Jail Administrator Juan Lopez said. “The local taxpayers can find confidence in the fact that their money is being utilized.”
In the past two years, more than 17,000 inmates have opted to pay a fee of $85 per day to serve court-approved sentences in the department’s jail, which can be a major step up from crowded Los Angeles County facilities.
At the Glendale jail, pay-to-stay inmates get their own cells that are separate from the cells used for daily bookings.
Revenues generated by the program dropped to nearly $68,000 last year from $71,655 in 2010 because more inmates were choosing to go to Los Angeles County jails, according to a report.