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Inmates in MCSO jails to be billed $1 a day for meals

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio prided himself on the fact that he could feed his inmates two meals a day for under a dollar. But it appears that has changed.

And soon, inmates will be footing the bill for that food.

Beginning in March, each inmate will have to pay a dollar a day to cover their meal costs.

The sheriff's department says the rising cost of food and the decline in donations are the reasons for the change.

As for collecting the money, Arpaio says it will start the minute a suspect is booked. Payment will also come from the inmate's account.

Anyone who can't pay will still be fed, but they're still on the hook for the cost.

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