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Md. counties fear drop in federal prison revenue

Some Maryland counties say the state's plan to house 600 federal inmates by 2012 at the former Supermax prison in Baltimore is hurting them.

That's because the U.S. Marshal Service is sending fewer prisoners to county jails to be held while awaiting trial.

Allegany County officials project a $450,000 drop this year in federal prisoner revenue. They asked the marshals last week to reconsider sending prisoners to the state Division of Correction.

Wicomico County officials say their jail houses less than half the daily average of 64 federal prisoners it held in the past several years.

State officials say the former Supermax prison held an average of 183 federal prisoners daily last year, up from 116 in 2008.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 16, 2010; 7:50 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , Maryland , Prison Beat  
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