Butler County Commission approves intergovernmental agreement for jail

Butler County Detention Captain Erik Ramsey met with the board of county commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 5 to recommend approval of an intergovernmental agreement that applies to the county jail.

The agreement will allow the United States Marshal Service (USMS), the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to house federal detainees at the jail. In this agreement, an estimated total of 90 federal detainees will be kept at the county jail. The per-diem rate for this agreement is $68, which will be the fixed rate for a period of 48 months after the agreement becomes effective. After the 48 months, Butler County can request a rate increase.

The board of commissioners approved the intergovernmental agreement. It has been submitted to the county’s legal counsel, Terrence Huelskamp, and Ramsey hopes that the agreement will be effective by October 1, pending Huelskamp’s approval. The agreement can be terminated in writing by either involved party at any point in time. Otherwise, it would remain in effect indefinitely.

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