On the agenda of the McHenry County Board’s Law and Justice Committee on Monday is a resolution to allow McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim to continue renting beds to other governmental agencies including
- the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE)
- the United States Marshal Service
Here’s the explanation that committee members will read:
The capacity agreement with the United States Marshals and the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs comes to an end in January of 2016.
This will leave several beds within the correctional facility empty.
County Administration and the Sheriff are requesting authorization and support in renting these beds to other governmental agencies including ICE and USMS in order to generate additional revenue for the County’s general fund.
The Sheriff is asking to keep the correctional officer count to 145 instead of the 138 established by the 2015 budget with the understanding that if the beds are not being utilized by other governmental bodies, seven positions will be eliminated.
The check in period for the review with the County Board will be in May of 2016.
At no time will the Sheriff take on more prisoners than what the current staffing level can handle.
The effect on human resources will be
Retain 7 employees for six more months to see what demand if any is requested of the empty beds. If the demand is low, the seven positions will be eliminated.
The effect on the budget will be
Additional source of revenue. The impact to savings on the budget is gained mostly through the elimination of 33 correctional officer positions.
The accompanying resolution does not have a set time period.
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Questions have been raised by County Board members as to whether the amount being paid is adequate to cover the necessary expenses.