Springfield approves deal to house inmates in other counties
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Springfield City Council has approved deals with two counties over housing the city's inmates.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that nearly a year after Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott essentially closed the county jail to offenders arrested on municipal warrants, the City Council voted Monday to use up to $500,000 in budget carry-over funds on housing those people in Miller and Taney counties.
Three bills to appropriate funds and to authorize two agreements were all passed unanimously.
The Miller County deal would include transporting the inmates and would cost the city $38 per inmate each day.
The Taney County agreement would be for $45 a day, per inmate and wouldn't include transportation. Springfield police would be pulled off patrol duty to transport inmates to the jail in Forsyth.