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ND sheriff plans to take more federal inmates

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney has found an unexpected solution to the staff shortage at the county jail in eastern North Dakota.

Laney tells the Forum he is asking for 13 new positions in his 2014 budget request as the jail prepares to quadruple the number of beds reserved for federal prisoners.

The jail now guarantees 10 beds for the U.S. Marshals Service at a daily rate of $60 per inmate through an arrangement made when the federal government provided grant money to help cover the cost of the jail, which opened in 2002.

Starting next year, Laney plans to set aside another 30 beds for federal prisoners at a higher negotiated rate of $75 per inmate. That's the same rate other area law enforcement agencies pay the county.

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