Spokane may jail prisoners in Benton County

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The city of Spokane is considering shipping prisoners to Kennewick to save money.

The Benton County Jail can house inmates for less than $60 a day while it costs $130 a day to house each inmate at the Spokane County Jail.

KXLY reports (http://is.gd/3vYU41 ) Spokane gave notice to the Spokane County Jail more than six months ago, but the city still has to vote on an agreement with Benton County before moving inmates.

Spokane is looking for 50 jail beds for misdemeanor offenders. Their average jail stay is between 11 and 30 days.

The city estimates using the Benton County Jail would save nearly $400,000 a year.

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Information from: KXLY-TV, http://www.kxly.com/