DOC increases fee for Anchorage prisoners

ANCHORAGE — The state Department of Corrections says it’s raising the fee it will charge the municipality of Anchorage for housing prisoners by nearly 50 percent due to the state’s fiscal crisis.

The department announced Thursday it will increase the fee from $2 million to more than $2.9 million.

That’s a 46 percent increase.

The department said the increase is due to the state fiscal crisis and legislative inaction on not passing a fiscal plan.

The increase will take effect Oct. 1.

The department said the municipality has been paying the same rate since 1999.

The department said it does not charge Anchorage based on per bed use and is not recovering actual costs of housing city offenders.

A spokesman for Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was not immediately available.

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