You Paid For It: Inmate transfers between jails

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County is a rapidly-growing area and so is the number of inmates the county is handling.

The detention center has been dealing with crowding challenges for years despite adding an addition in 2010.

Spending records show payments to Charleston County this past January for $76,045 and $78,935 to transfer inmates from Hill Filkea Detention Center in Berkeley County to Charleston County's jail.

In February they paid another $79,510.

"We have a line item in the jail budget that allows the jail to send prisoners to the Charleston County jail for housing," said BCSO Chief Deputy Mike Cochran. "They have a lot more capacity than we do and we must house them elsewhere due to capacity issues with our facility. We've been doing this for a couple of years but increased the amount about a year ago due to more criminals in jail that cannot be bonded for community safety reasons."

Cochran also said more than 70% of people in BCSO custody are awaiting state trial.

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