The city of Chillicothe has entered into a one-year contract with the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail to house prisoners for the city, now that the Livingston County Jail has closed.

Police Chief Rick Knouse told City Council members, during their regular meeting Monday evening at City Hall, that the city has used the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail in the past. He said he was satisfied with the service, and that the price for housing inmates has remained stable for many years.

The city typically has few individuals in custody, the chief said. Offenders are often released, issued citations and ordered to pay a fine, or charged by the state. Once charged by the state, the offenders become the responsibility of the county.

The contract, approved by the council, calls for housing city prisoners at a rate of $30 per day, per inmate. Aside from an initial $25 transportation fee, the regional jail will transport offenders for court appearances at no extra cost.

Knouse stated that the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail provides benefits — such as transportation — that other facilities may not. There is a regional jail in Kingston, about 35 miles from Chillicothe.

"A lot of jails are closing," Knouse stated. "It is very expensive to have a jail and provide services."