Sheriff Joe Arpaio says rising food costs, budget concerns will result in inmates paying for meals
"Everybody else has to pay for food, why should they [inmates] get freebies," said Arpaio.
Arpaio confirmed to ABC15 that beginning in March, he is planning to charge each inmate $1 per day for the cost of their meals.
Arpaio explained there are a couple different ways to collect the money, starting with the moment someone is booked into the facility.
"They're coming to jail and they have money in their pocket, that's going to be the first priority," said Arpaio.
According to Arpaio, the other way to collect will be from jail accounts. As money is placed in an inmate's account by family and friends that money would be subjected to the $1 a day fee.
"We're going to make sure we use that money before they [inmates] go to the canteen to buy some chocolate bars," Arpaio explained.