In a cost-cutting measure that could save upward of $80,000, the Kootenai County jail plans to begin limiting inmates in its low-security area to timed showers, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.
Inmates in the low-security area currently have unlimited access to showers until 10 p.m. every night. Inmates will be able to bathe between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. under the new rules, which were approved by the county commissioners Monday.
“Some of the inmates have been taking up to five showers a day,” Shawn Riley, the building and grounds director of the jail, told the Coeur d’Alene Press.
Under the new rule, inmates may take two consecutive five-minute showers before the equipment shuts off for 10 minutes.
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Last year, the Kootenai County jail spent $263,765 on water and natural gas to heat water, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported. The new equipment to turn off the showers automatically will cost $18,000 for the low-security part of the jail and $35,000 for the entire facility.