Pinal supervisors forced to cut jail funds by $5 million

jail Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 5.50.03 AMBy Sean Holstege, The Republic |

Pinal County supervisors voted to cut the sheriff’s jail funding by $5 million Wednesday, doubling the recommended trim while leaving a $6.2 million shortfall in the wake of a canceled federal contract.

To date, 52 jail positions have been eliminated, and dozens more are in jeopardy following the vote.

The Board of Supervisors split on a 3-2 vote, with some county leaders calling for deeper cuts to address a projected deficit that was created when a detention contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expired late last month and a new deal could not be reached.


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