Background: Historically, the Columbus Consolidated Government and the Georgia Department of Corrections have annually agreed to the minimum number of State inmates assigned to the Muscogee County Prison and further utilized the inmates as supplemental laborers within Muscogee County Government operations.
Analysis: The annual specification of the minimum number of State inmates assigned to the Muscogee County Prison is beneficial to both budgetary efforts of the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Columbus Consolidated Government in achieving their respective goals.
Financial Considerations: Within the agreement, the Georgia Department of Corrections agrees to pay the sum of $20.00 per inmate per day for the duration of the agreement to the Columbus Consolidated Government. These funds are used to offset the annual operating budget of the Muscogee County Prison.
Legal Considerations: The Muscogee County Prison is in compliance with all Standard Operating Procedures and Certifications necessary to execute this Inmate Capacity Agreement.
Recommended /Actions: Approval is requested to enter into an Inmate Capacity Agreement with Georgia Department of Corrections for up to and including five-hundred and twenty eight (528) State inmates to be housed at the Muscogee County Prison.
WHEREAS, Department desires to contract with County for appropriate care and custody of certain offenders for which Department is responsible, (“State Offenders”); and
WHEREAS, County desires to provide appropriate care and custody of State Offenders at a correctional institution operated by County (“Services”).
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
That the City Manager is hereby authorized to execute a Capacity Agreement with the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of the Columbus Consolidated Government to maintain a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive care and custody agreement for housing up to and including five hundred and twenty eight State inmates at the Muscogee County Prison in a safe, secure and compliant environment.