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Cuyahoga County to Assume Responsibility for Operations at Cleveland, Euclid City Jails

2/19/2014

For Immediate Release

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Donisha Greene: (216) 443-7075, (216) 640-1065 or dgreene@cuyahogacounty.us
Rich Luchette: (216) 797-0931 or rluchette@cuyahogacounty.us

CLEVELAND – During his State of the County address, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced new agreements to take over operations for jails in the City of Cleveland and the City of Euclid.

“These two new agreements mark significant steps forward in our effort to promote regionalization, consolidate operations, and save taxpayer dollars,” said FitzGerald. “I am excited to announce these new collaborations with Cleveland and Euclid that could save nearly $6 million for these cities and provide the framework for a regional jail county-wide.”

Under the terms of the proposed agreement with the City of Cleveland, the County will take over operations during a nine-month transition period slated to begin after the Cuyahoga County Council and the Cleveland City Council approve the new contract. The agreement is expected to save Cleveland taxpayers up to $5 million annually.

By taking over Euclid’s jail facility, Cuyahoga County will expand the County’s bed capacity by a minimum of 83 beds. This will help eliminate the need to send prisoners to other jurisdictions for housing, another benefit to the County. FitzGerald will formally submit legislation regarding operations in Euclid to the Cuyahoga County Council on February 25. The agreement is expected to be considered by the Euclid City Council beginning March 3.

"The agreement between the City of Euclid and Cuyahoga County officials should serve as an example of what can be accomplished when we work together to better serve our taxpayers,” said Mayor Bill Cervenik. “I look forward to continued regional efforts, not only with Cuyahoga County but other communities as well."

Euclid will pay Cuyahoga County $400,000 per year to house those arrested by the Euclid Police Department, or sentenced by Euclid Municipal Court. In addition, Euclid will reimburse the County $600,000 over a 5 year period for any cost incurred on capital improvement of the facility.

The terms of the contract with the City of Euclid run from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019; five years with an option for five additional years that either party can terminate within 24 months’ notice. Cuyahoga County hopes to introduce legislation to take over jail operations for the City of Cleveland in March.