What it is:
The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors approved a $3,707,468 budget appropriation for the operation of the County Jail in fiscal year 2011-2012 during their regular board meeting last week. The jail is operated from the county’s General Fund.

What it was last year:
Last year, the jail’s appropriation was $3,550,554.

What it pays for:
This amount pays for all the jail’s basic operations, including staffing, food and facility costs. The jail runs four shifts daily, each staffed by five correctional officers and one sargeant.

How it compares:
Sheriff Jon Lopey said the state corrections division spends an average of about $50,000 per year to house an inmate in the prison system. Siskiyou County spends $143 a day for each inmate in the county jail.

About the jail:
The Siskiyou County Jail opened in 1988 and has a 107 bed capacity. The average daily population in the jail ranges from 93 to 108.

To find out more:
For more information about the County Jail budget and all other Siskiyou County budgets, see complete budget documents online at www.co.siskiyou.us