To charge, or not
Across Pennsylvania, 26 county jails charge a room and board fee, according to statistics available on the state prison website.
Allegheny, Armstrong and Indiana jails are among 34 that don’t, according to statistics. Information about whether the remaining counties charge a fee was not available in the statistics. Allegheny County Jail officials have never considered charging inmates to stay there, spokeswoman Amie Downs said.
Fees at most jails that charge them are between $10 and $20, including in Butler and Somerset counties. The state report shows a $65 charge for the Lawrence County jail, but Warden Brian Covert said that is the amount the state pays the facility to house parole violators, not a room and board fee for inmates.
The New Castle jail has no such fee, he said.