Solon Jail Doubled Its Revenue in 2012

Prisoner-housing agreements with other communities has helped the Solon Jail collect more than $300,000 in revenue in 2012, two times as much as it collected in 2011.

The Solon jail nearly doubled its revenue in 2012 compared to 2011.

The jail brought in more than $304,000 in revenue last year, according to the monthly jail reports released by the police department. In 2011, revenue reached about $157,000.

The jail spent nearly $125,000 in 2012, compared with about $83,000 in 2011. These costs do not include personnel costs.

Solon Police Chief Chris Viland has been busy forging agreements with nearby municipalities to house their prisoners in exchange for a fee. Communities that now use the Solon Jail for their prisoner housing include, but are not limited to, Twinsburg, Orange and others.

The city is currently working out a deal with the city of Reminderville.

See the full jail report for December 2012 below:

Every month, Solon City Council's safety committee receives a report of the activity at the Solon jail.

So every month, we will bring you this information in our "Lockdown Report," which includes how many people were arrested in Solon in the month, the average daily population of the jail and even some of the jail's expenses, from medical costs to daily meals.

You can also compare the jail's expenses versus revenue for the month, and for the year so far.

Here is the jail report for November 2012, the most recent information available:


Number of bookings: 99
Total number of Solon arrests: 80
Felony Arrests:  6 (3 men, 3 women)
Misdemeanor Arrests:  74
Highest Daily Population:  23 inmates Lowest Daily Population:  6 inmate No. Housed For Other Depts. 29 inmates Average Length of Stay: 3.79 days


Prisoner Food: $5,705 Average Meal Cost: $4.42 Medical Services: $1,945 Operating Supplies: $369 Maintenance: $0






Housing Revenue: $20,415 Telephone Revenue: $346.39





Sandy Alves February 14, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Any for profit Jail reeks in my opinion. The public is uninformed over the idea that Ohio prisons have become are more are becoming privatized and for profit, I object to the practice. Prisons for profit are different from public institutions because they must generate revenues for their shareholders. As a result, they have a direct interest in ensuring that Ohio’s prison system stays full to maximize its profitability. This new practice has changed the system and the cost to house and feed these inmates has been over all reduced at alarming rates and for the inmates without a voice can not say what is really happening on the inside. I know this because I have a friend who served 18 years on the inside of Ohio prisons who got out in 2011. There are over 55,000. inmates in Ohio already. At a for profit prison why wouldn't jailers or shareholders or the Courts want to keep those in prison already from ever getting out. What stops them from infringing on the public and the rights of Americans when no one else is watching or saying anything. The assumption is those people running the show, the parole boards and the shareholders have no one to mandate any of this. It is job security to not let them out and to bring more people in. Think about it Solon, this could one day be you.
Carl S February 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM
100% agree with you Sandy. A for profit prison is a really BAD idea. I am also wondering why they dont buy the Dollar specials at McDonalds for lunch instead of paying $4.++ a meal?
Sandy Alves February 15, 2013 at 05:36 AM
This is the meal cost in Solon jail, the cost for on the inside is less than $.50 a day per person. Food quantity and quality has nearly no nutritional value at all.


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