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City reconsidering jail contract with county

The City of Shelton is considering changing its jail contract with Mason County so it no longer pays for empty beds.

The city has been contracting with the Mason County Sheriff's Office for jail services, and currently pays for seven guaranteed beds per day. Five of the beds are reserved for arrestees who are being charged with violations that would be adjudicated in Municipal Court. Inmates are being booked for Class A and B felonies, and now the occasional Class C felony, but not for lesser charges.

Due to those restrictions, "We're paying for seven beds we can't necessarily use," Shelton...

 

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