Judge considers suit over who pays for regional jail inmates

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio has heard arguments in Toledo’s lawsuit over who should pay for certain inmates to stay at a regional jail.

One of the main questions is whether people charged by Toledo police under state law then become the responsibility of the Lucas County sheriff and should have the county paying for their jail stays while their cases are pending.

Toledo says the county should pay for such inmates at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. But the county argues Toledo should pay for incarceration when inmates are arrested by Toledo police and processed through municipal court there.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/1TY0qCO ) reports a retired judge presiding in the case heard arguments Wednesday on motions for summary judgment and expects to make a decision this month.

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