Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Carrollton and Coppell collaborate on efficient, cost-effective jail system
Carrollton and Coppell jails will blend like an '80s sitcom family.
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CARROLLTON The idea of local police departments working together is not a new one. In 2011, the Metrocrest Police Consortium was developed to better assist law enforcement personnel in their tireless efforts to reduce crime in their cities.
According to city documents, the Metrocrest Police Consortium was created in 2009 between the cities of Carrollton, Farmers Branch, and Addison to increase the amount of available police resources without impacting departmental budgets. Coppell joined the consortium in March 2011 and the four agencies have an agreement to exchange equipment and personnel based upon needs.
But in early 2012, new talks began regarding moving city jails into one main facility. But results of a study, conducted by U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Corrections, suggested the city of Coppell move its jail operations to Carrollton.
Discussions between Coppell Chief Mac Tristan and Carrollton Chief Rex Redden proved successful. Last week, the city of Carrollton authorized the city manager to enter into an inter-local agreement with the city of Coppell for jail services.
"This agreement is a win-win for both Carrollton and Coppell," Redden said. "Coppell will reduce their risk by having their inmates properly managed by qualified professional staff. Carrollton will benefit by off-setting operational expenses and maximizing the use of the jail facility and quality staff."
Jon Stovall, public information officer, said the additional inmates will have no affect on the Carrollton Police Departments staffing or facilities.
"We have the staff and the facilities in place to handle Coppell with no problems," he said. "We have bed space, or housing space, for at least 50 and on a high day for us we reach about half that. We have plenty of room."
According to city documents, Carrollton should expect a slight increase in the amount of housing expenses, mostly related to food. Coppell will pay Carrollton $100 for the first 48 hours of detention and $100 for every day thereafter that an inmate is in custody. The average stay of inmates in the Carrollton Jail is one day or less. Coppell will also pay $3,500 annually to help cover expenses of transportation costs to either of the county jails. Carrollton already transports its own prisoners, so there is no added cost in this process. Estimated annual revenue for Carrollton is $100,000.
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