Santa Ana to consider accepting 173 additional inmates at struggling city jail – Orange County Register

SANTA ANA — Renovations planned at a Los Angeles detention center have prompted a proposal going before the Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 1, to house an additional 173 inmates for two years at Santa Ana Jail – a transfer that could aid the facility, which is operating at a loss, while a reuse study is completed.

If approved, the transfer would nearly double the population at the 512-bed jail. As of Monday morning, the facility housed 200 inmates, Jail Administrator Christina Holland said.

None of the inmates would be linked to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which terminated its jail contract in May, a roughly $11-million-a-year loss for the city.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service, one of two agencies that still have a contract at the jail, requested immediate approval of the transfer under terms of its existing agreement to pay $105 per day for each inmate. All would be pre-trial inmates under custody of the Marshal’s Service or the Bureau of Prisons, the other agency with a contract at the jail.

Besides the proposal for additional bed space, the Marshal’s Service general population at the jail increased by about 75 inmates, generating a projected $2.8 million for the city in fiscal year 2017-18. Combined, they will bring an estimated $8 million to the city during the fiscal year, according to a city staff report.

To accommodate the new inmates, the jail operations budget would need to increase by $6.1 million to add personnel positions. The bolstered jail operations would prevent 26 correctional officer position layoffs “and provide additional time needed to implement jail reuse options, and/or negotiate housing agreements with Federal and State agencies,” the staff report states.

If council members support the proposal, the jail’s net operating deficit for fiscal year 2017-18 would be reduced by $4 million. For fiscal year 2017-18, $2.2 million more – representing a year of revenue from all the anticipated inmates – would be…

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