EDGAR COUNTY, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Edgar County Jail has made agreements with surrounding counties to help house their inmates until further notice.
One of those counties, Clark County, has agreed to house inmates for $40 a day for as long as they can to “help out.”
Sheriff Bill Brown said when he was approached by the idea, he appealed to the Clark county board members to help assist Edgar County’s jail.
In the agreement made, Sheriff Brown said, all transportation of inmates and costs associated, falls to Edgar county and their Sheriff’s department.
“[I] Explained to our county board that, you know, we will help a little bit,” said Sheriff Brown. “I’d like to be able to help more, but I have to be conscientious to, again, the staffing here and to the citizens of Clark County.”
Edgar County Board Member Karl Farnhanm helped put this agreement in place and said the jail is still running it’s dispatch and Sheriff’s department out of the facility, but the portion that houses inmates will be closed until updates can be made.
“Hopefully we get the jail back open within the next couple of months,” said Farnham.
Farnham added, The county is also working to update policies and procedures within the jail which is being overseen by the new jail administrator.
Another Edgar County Board Member, Andrew Patrick said, having other jails house their inmates isn’t ideal, but “it’s what needs to happen to be able to update the jail, and bring it to policy standards.”
“There is a lot of shuffling that goes on and plus the price of paying to keep them. It’s a little more expensive to do it that way,” but Patrick added, “the county is putting a referendum on the March primary asking for a 1% increase in sales tax,” said Patrick.