Tucson Inmates Could Go to Santa Cruz County

The City of Tucson soon could send people convicted of misdemeanors to Santa Cruz County to serve their sentences. The two jurisdictions are working on an agreement that would send inmates with sentences of 10 days or more to Nogales, where the cost of housing inmates is less than at the Pima County Jail.

For each inmate sent to jail by Tucson City Court judges, Pima County charges Tucson a $279 booking fee and $85 for each additional day, said Deputy City Manager Martha Durkin. Under the proposed agreement, Santa Cruz County would not charge a booking fee and the daily fee would amount to $65 plus any medical costs, said Charlene Laplante, chief civil deputy county attorney for Santa Cruz County.

Tucson is projecting to pay Pima County nearly $7 million for housing inmates this fiscal year, up by about $330,000 from the previous year. The proposed agreement is up for consideration at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Tucson City Council.

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