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Sat, Sept. 21

County moves forward on financing new jail

The Board of Supervisors has not yet picked the company that will build the new jail and justice center but it has approved a resolution allowing the county to incur long-term financing in order to pay for the project.

The county is still looking at which company it will have design, build and finance the new 266,000-square-foot facility. It is currently considering FaulknerUSA out of Texas. A final decision will be made in October. The plan is to build the new jail behind the current County Administration Building in Kingman.

The county is planning to lease the facility from the builder in a financing program similar to the one used with the new Administration Building. Funds to design, construct and pay for the jail would come from the county's quarter-cent sales tax. The county expects to sign a 15-year lease on the project. The county will become the owner at the end of the lease.

The new jail is expected to cost between $48 and $65 million and will house a maximum of more than 1,000 inmates.

The current jail located behind the Mohave County Superior Court building in Kingman was built in 1986 and has 240 beds. The average daily population is 350 inmates with more being held in an annex.

The Board also approved setting a public hearing for Sept. 17 to discuss the possibility of charging parents a per diem rate for housing their children in the County Juvenile Detention Center.

The County Office of Management and Budget just completed a study on the issue and found it cost the county about $158 per day to house a juvenile in the facility.

Chief Probation Officer Friend Walker said his office plans to create a sliding pay scale.

Parents would pay varying amounts based on their income and assets. Those parents who can afford more will pay more. The maximum rate will be $158 per day.

Walker is confident the rate will be approved during the Sept. 17 meeting, and his office will be able to put it into effect on Oct. 1.

The department is also moving forward on hiring new probation officers. Walker said the department has potentially filled three of the six openings and there are six applicants for the remaining three positions.

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