CAPE GIRARDEAU/BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS)- It takes hundreds of thousands of dollars in food and medical bills to care for the hundreds of inmates moving in and out of our county jails.
The I-Team has uncovered a disturbing trend: many of these men and women are not first time offenders.
In fact, at any given time, local sheriffs told us 50 percent of the jail population is what some call "frequent flyers" or repeat offenders.
"Traffic violation. Failure to appear on a summons," Cape County Jail Administrator Captain J.P. Mulcahy read from his computer screen.
Those charges landed Nathan Todd Oxley in the Cape Girardeau County Jail back in 2004. It would be place Oxley soon got used to.
"As we go down the road, we have started slowly getting possession of controlled substances," Mulcahy pointed out.
Oxley's had 19 bookings in nine years.