What happens when a judge sentences a state inmate directly to a county jail? These prisoners are known as condition of probation prisoners. The problem for counties that house these inmates is that the 50% that the state legislature is supposed to pay to help house the prisoners is continually under-funded.
Some legislators at the state claim that the reimbursement is subject to appropriations and available funding. The counties feel that they are being left to foot the bill that the state should be paying half of.