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Supervisors Approve Contract to House Kingman Inmates

The inmates come from the privately managed Arizona State Prison-Kingman where a riot broke out on July 2. The results of the riot forced the closure of four dormitories and the relocation of nearly 1,200 inmates. Pinal County is currently housing 372 of those inmates.

The other inmates are being housed in Apache, Navajo and Santa Cruz County.

County Manager Greg Stanley explained that the negotiations between ADOC and the county departments affected by the transfer of new inmates - Sheriff, Detention, Public Health, and Finance were fruitful in making sure all costs were covered.

"We have set up a subsidiary account through Finance to make sure we are paid for housing these inmates in full," Stanley said to the Supervisors. "We need to recapture our costs and we will be able to track these through special finance codes."

Chief Civil Deputy County Attorney Chris Keller said that this contract is not to exceed 180 days with a maximum number of inmates being capped at 380. Pinal County will be given a lower classification of inmates to insure that the detention center and staff are able to handle their needs.

Deputy County Attorney Keller added that the contract allows Pinal County to bill for staff wages and overtime every two weeks. Other costs such as mental health services, labor, travel and other indirect overhead will be billed on a monthly basis.

The payment to Pinal County will come from the insurance company for Management Training Corporation, the entity that runs the Kingman unit.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said that his staff made changes to accommodate the influx of inmates from Kingman. Detention Officers placed some of the current jail population in ten person cells in order to free up two-person cells for the Kingman inmates. The Sheriff added that Detention Officers have been placed on a 12-hour shift to meet staffing needs.

Following the testimony and the vote, Chairwoman Cheryl Chase said she feels that all the bases are covered with this contract.

"The last thing I, or anyone else wants to see, is a replay of the ICE contract," the Chairwoman said. "I give my thanks to everyone involved to get this contract right the first time. I think this contract is a win-win for both us and ADOC."

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