City approves contract with Decatur Co. to house inmates at county facilities

Published 7:58 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday evening the Bainbridge City Council approved a three-year intergovernmental contract with Decatur County establishing the terms for Bainbridge to house inmates at the county’s facility.

“This follows along with the [Service Delivery Strategy] agreement we recently completed,” said Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby. “The terms and agreements are the same as what was included in the SDS.”

Bainbridge will pay the county $33 per inmate, per day as well as 10 percent of all fines collected through the municipal court, as detailed in the SDS agreement and new intergovernmental contract. The contract went into effect May 20 and will terminate on May 31, 2018.

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“[Wednesday] we have court, and those people [sentenced to jail time] will go to Decatur County,” Hobby said.

Hobby said that those inmates in Pelham will be gradually moved to Decatur County or released, depending on their situations, before the end of the month.

The terms of the contract include the city being responsible for the “payment of the cost of any out-of-jail emergency or authorized medical treatment of any city inmate,” according to the agreement.

The agreement also states that the county has the “right to terminate this agreement on its anniversary date after no less than three months prior written notice to the city.”

April 30, the Pelham City Council voted unanimously to close the Mize Street Detention Center, where Bainbridge sent its inmates. The jail is scheduled to close no later than May 31.

In July of 2010, the Bainbridge City Council began transporting city inmates to the Pelham jail to cut back on costs. Previously, the city utilized Decatur County’s facilities. In 2010, the county increased its rate to $38 per inmate, per day plus the 10 percent. Pelham currently charges $30 per inmate, per day, which does not include transportation costs.

The City Council also approved a street closure for a “Bike, Trike, Hike” event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 from 2 – 4 p.m.

Broughton Street will be closed in sections from Jones-Wheat Elementary School to the Earle May Boat Basin, which is just over three miles.

The event is based off of the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure and will promote ending childhood obesity and diabetes.

Hobby said that the city is equipped to handle the event with its own staff and Bainbridge Public Safety officers.

The council voted unanimously to accept the contract and approve the street closure. Councilman Phil Long and Mayor Edward Reynolds were not present. Mayor Pro-Tem Don Whaley led the meeting.