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Mesa Council To Vote On Private Jail Contract

The Mesa City Council will vote Monday on a contract to privatize its jail services.

The measure is a result of Mesa’s attempt to reduce public safety costs.

The Mesa Police Department is recommending private prison operator Core Civic be awarded a $5 million annual contract to transport and detain misdemeanor offenders that would have previously been held at the Maricopa County jail.

MORE: Mesa Could Become First City In Arizona To Privatize Jail Services

Mesa estimates the new arrangement could save the department more than a $1 million a year.

UPDATE - Mesa releases Core Civic contract before vote. Highlights include:

  • Contractor must develop emergency plan in case of riots.
  • Pay rates will be based on average daily population.
  • Core Civic Agrees to provide "humane treatment."
  • Inmates will be transported to and from Florence Facility 3 times a day, 7 days a week.
  • Actions are open to public records review.
  • Records are available for city to inspect.
  • There will be a contract monitor.
  • The compensation rate will be fixed for two years, adjusted afterward in accordance with CPI.
  • Contract can be terminated by either party with 60 day notice at any time.

Mesa Core Civic Contract For Private Jail Services

Jimmy Jenkins was a producer and senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2014 to 2021.