A Faulk prison houses inmates from across the state

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ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A county jail in northeastern South Dakota is proving to be a popular destination to house inmates from other county jails in the state.

The Aberdeen American News reports Faulk County Jail Sheriff Kurt Hall says the 35-bed prison has contracts to house offenders from 13 counties and that each county pays a nightly rate of $85 per inmate.

Hall notes that fewer than 30 of the state's 66 counties have jails.

Faulk County's $5.5 million jail was completed in 2017 after voters approved building it in 2015.

Hall says the jail has nine to 12 inmates on average, but that the population could increase if anyone protests the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in the spring and arrests are made.