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Does the New Hanover County jail get paid to house federal inmates?

Shannan Bowen

Housing federal inmates in the New Hanover County jail brings money to the county.

The county has a contract with the federal government that allows for 64 federal inmates to be housed in the jail, said Cpl. Charles Smith, public information officer for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

In return, the county receives $80 per day for each federal inmate in the jail.

“This is considered a revenue source for the county,” Smith said.

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