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Sheriff Jay Jones concerned for government shutdown's effect on inmates

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LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

The current government shutdown is expected to last for an undetermined amount of time as political parties fail to reach agreements.

Meanwhile, correctional facilities are among the many government-funded programs that are waiting to see how the situation will affect their daily functions.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says he is concerned the shutdown could impact his budget.

"It would be a ripple effect, and it could influence how we are allocating our funds, and we may have to readjust our budget as we wait to see what happens in Washington with the Federal budget," says Jones.

On average, the Lee County Justice Center houses and feeds from 15 to 20 federal inmates each day. The service is contracted through the US Marshall's Office. In return for housing the federal inmates awaiting transport or trial, the Sheriff's Office is paid tens of thousands of dollars every year.

If the government shutdown continues, and federal funds aren't there, Jones worries about where the funding will come from to continue to keep these inmates.  

Jones also says that the federal inmate contract with the US Marshall's Service is beneficial to both agencies, and he wants the arrangement to continue.

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