McDonald County has been given a two rating out of a possible four in a recent audit done by the state of Missouri. Four being excellent, two being just fair. The county was marked off in five different categories, one being the sheriff's controls and procedures. According to the state audit the sheriff has not established proper procedures for depositing, recording, and receipting money. Last year that included $340,000. Some of the items being incorrectly processed are bonds, concealed carry weapons, and permits. It also reported an issue in getting inmates their money back in a timely manner, after being released.
Sheriff Michael Hall says, "Sometimes when they give addresses those addresses aren't any good. One of the things they dinged us on was that we didn't write cash beside that 50 dollars, but because we weren't writing cash on there they dinged us on that so we started making sure we write cash on all the receipts."
But Chief Deputy Christopher Allison says they're in talks of bringing in a company that should make things a bit easier when inmates bring money in.
"They bring in the money, we put the amount in, we swipe a card and it puts it on that card. Then that card's placed in their property, that way when they're released they have that card with the money on that card."
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