The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 10, 2013

Federal government shutdown reaches Middleburg

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — The U.S. government shutdown could cost Snyder County thousands of dollars.

County jail Warden Ruth Rush said her facility near Selinsgrove has detained three federal prisoners for the U.S. Marshal Service since Oct. 1, when the shutdown began.

Normally, the county receives $72 per day for each federal inmate it houses each month.

Rush said she’s not sure whether the government will reimburse the county for those three inmates the county has been holding since the shutdown. As of Thursday, the housing reimbursement owed the county was $2,160.

“So far we don’t know if we’ll get it,” Rush told the prison board.

Sheriff Joseph Reigle Jr. said if the bill isn’t paid by the U.S. Marshals in November the county’s response will be simple: “Their inmates will go somewhere else.”

The prison board also agreed to spend about $40,000 to repair a control panel at the jail that was damaged by a July 27 lightening strike.

The panel controls cell locks inside the 100-bed facility. Deputy Warden Shawn Cooper said security is not at risk, but the device isn’t functioning properly and needs to be repaired.