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Inmates foot their own bills

It may be true that crime doesn't pay, but in Iowa's rural Humboldt and Delaware counties criminals do. Both counties have begun charging prisoners for their room and board. Since April 1, Humboldt has been billing its inmates $30 a day; Delaware followed suit on May 1 with a more modest daily rate of $20. Says Humboldt County Jail Administrator Richard Jurgens: "The taxpayers are sick and tired of paying for drunken drivers and bad-check artists."

During the first five weeks of Humboldt's program, five "guests" ran up a...

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