Prison Cells

A City Council advisory committee comprised of corrections officials will lead the effort to pursue new halfway-house contracts, according to a release Wednesday.

The city is considering pursuing short-term contracts with GEO and CoreCivic, the two private prison corporations the city had cancelled contracts with, while more permanent solutions are found, the release also stated.

The council is expected to vote by Aug. 26, per the Department of Public  Safety's recommendation, on whether to approve a six-month contract with GEO and a one-year contract with CoreCivic. With retroactive starting dates of July 1 for both, GEO's contract would be up at the end of 2019, and CoreCivic's would end June 30, 2020.

There are currently 492 halfway house clients at risk of losing their placement if the contracts are not approved.

In the meantime, a 13-member advisory committee will pursue new options for halfway house contracts and make their recommendations by Jan. 31, 2020. The committee's primary purpose is to address concerns over land use, zoning and the limited number of providers capable of working with the halfway house population.

The committee will be led by Community Corrections Director Greg Mauro, and council plans on filling the rest of the committee with corrections experts.

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