5/2/22 It is of particular importance in a second offense DUI situation to make sure the amount charged by the court for Maricopa County Jail fees is correct; although this fact is sometimes unknown and other times simply overlooked, the jail rates for second offense sentences are 50% less than for first offenses.
For instance, if a person is convicted of a second offense .08% DUI and sentenced to serve the mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail, as of July 1st the court might mistakenly charge that person $3,855.03 in jail fees ($548.45 1st day booking fee, plus $114.02 per day thereafter), when in fact the correct amount assessed should be $1,927.52. That is a big mistake but unfortunately many courts, including justice courts, may not be sure to use the correct rates, literally doubling the amount imposed.
Last year Maricopa County adjusted their housing and booking rates to reflect credit for funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. However, that funding and credit are no longer provided for 2023 rates, and the rates have risen 24% for booking and 19.5% for housing.
If you are now required to serve a jail sentence in the Maricopa County Jail, current jail rates are:
Year Gross Booking Gross Housing
2021-22 $611.84 $134.20
Year Net Booking Net Housing
2021-22 $442.36 $95.44
Effective July 1, 2022 the 2022-2023 daily rates are as follows:
Year Booking Housing
2022-23 $548.45 $114.02
You can find jail per diem rates on this Maricopa.gov website page. If you must serve a jail sentence in the Maricopa County Jail system, I would encourage you to visit the site, print out the current amounts and take them to court with you.
Maricopa County Jail costs have more than doubled in the past 10 years, well above the rate of inflation.
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