Deal lets federal inmates stay at Youngstown private prison
A new deal will let federal inmates stay at a private prison in Youngstown.
A company called CoreCivic oversees the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on Hubbard Road.
21 News previously reported CoreCivic entered into a contract extension with the U.S. Marshals Service to house federal inmates, which it did not plan to renew. The contract was set to expire on Friday. The news came after President Joe Biden issued an executive order, directing the department of justice not to renew contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities.
During a Mahoning County Commissioner's meeting Thursday, Sheriff Jerry Greene announced his office reached a deal with CoreCivic and the U.S. Marshals Service to keep federal inmates at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center.
Greene says CoreCivic will continue to oversee those federal inmates, saving between 100 and 200 jobs in Youngstown. Youngstown will also be able to continue to collect the income tax from the facility.
According to Greene, the Mahoning County Sheriff's office will make 2.2% by overseeing a three-year contract between CoreCivic and the U.S. Marshals Service, which equals about $560,000 to $700,000.
It's beneficial for Mahoning County because the facility will generate money for the criminal justice fund, which gives the sheriff's office the ability to implement task forces, keep up with technology and offset taxpayer costs.
Greene says the deal is also beneficial for the U.S. Marshals Service because they won't have to take the local federal inmates out of state to house them.
"It just doesn't make logistical sense to have to travel so far to get a federal inmate to bring them back to our area to go to court," Greene said.
The Northeast Ohio Correctional Center has 2,016 beds. It will house between 700 to 800 federal inmates.