Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

March 13, 2013

Confusion surrounds prisoner rate negotiations

(Continued)

March 18, 2013 —

Wallace said there was no political motivation in the handling of the federal prisoner rate and that he and the magistrates are interested only in saving money for county taxpayers.

Even with federal payments, the CCDC operates at a loss and requires additional funding each year from the county general fund.

Rate negotiations for IGAs are done through an online process which can last several months, according to the U.S. Marshals Service website.

An application for rate increases must be submitted to the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (OFDT).

Once an application is accepted and reviewed by OFDT, it is forwarded to the USMS for further review, negotiation and award.

Boggs had submitted the application in November but was blocked by Wallace in December.

During the January regular monthly meeting, Wallace insisted Boggs overstepped his legal authority in working with the Marshals Service to submit a request for a rate increase.

The Fiscal Court, Wallace insisted, must approve all monetary contracts within the county government and, to date, Boggs had not presented them with anything to approve.

Boggs said at that time that he was working on the application.

The jail now receives about $42 a day for housing federal inmates, which according to this year's jail budget, translates into more than $900,000 in revenue.

Boggs said he is concerned about what the appointment letter will mean for the taxpayers.

“I don’t know if it’s just poor decision making on the part of Wallace or if it’s an outright attempt to sabotage the contract,” said Boggs. “Obviously anyone knows Roe should be the absolute last choice for such a move because he has been very vocal about getting rid of the feds.”

“Each month that passes we continue to lose potential revenue due to Wallace's grudge against the jail and me,” Boggs added. “This already would be approved if Wallace had not stopped it in December. He can hate me all he wants but he is costing the taxpayers money over politics.”

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by telephone at 474-5101.

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