Chief Sponsor: David P. Hinkins

House Sponsor: Carl R. Albrecht


8     General Description:
9          This joint resolution of the Legislature supports contracting for beds for state inmates at
10     the Emery County correctional facility.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This resolution:
13          ▸     supports jail expansion as beneficial to both the state and the counties through a
14     contract with the Department of Corrections; and
15          ▸     approves contracting for beds dedicated to housing inmates in Emery County.
16     Special Clauses:
17          None

19     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
20          WHEREAS, counties in Utah contract with the Department of Corrections to provide
21     prison bed space for state prisoners;
22          WHEREAS, this contracting arrangement has proved beneficial to both the state and
23     the counties that saved taxpayers from the burden of building new state correctional facilities
24     while, at the same time, assisting counties to meet their own correctional space needs;
25          WHEREAS, in accordance with Utah Code Subsection 64-13e-103(6), the Department
26     of Corrections may not enter into a contract with a county to house state inmates unless the
27     Legislature has previously passed a joint resolution that includes the approximate number of

28     beds to be contracted, the daily rate at which the county is paid to house a state inmate, the
29     approximate amount of a county's long term debt, and the repayment time of the debt for the
30     facility where inmates are to be housed;
31          WHEREAS, the Department of Corrections is authorized to contract for 50 beds in
32     addition to the current 10 beds, in Emery County;
33          WHEREAS, the state daily incarceration rate that the Department of Corrections will
34     pay the county per inmate is currently $54.46 per day;
35          WHEREAS, the facility that would house the inmates in Emery County has no facility
36     debt;
37          WHEREAS, Emery County has sufficient facilities and beds to accommodate state
38     inmates and has met the requirements of Utah Code Subsection 64-13e-103(6); and
39          WHEREAS, contracting with the Department of Corrections for additional jail bed
40     space would assist the state in addressing projected bed space and treatment needs and Emery
41     County's efforts to have sufficient capacity to house the Department of Corrections' jail
42     populations:
43          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
44     approves contracting for beds in the correctional facility located in Emery County in the
45     amount specified in this resolution.
46          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Emery
47     County Commission and the Department of Corrections.