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Seneca has received $100k for boarding inmates

Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg is pleased to announce that as of today, over $100,000.00 in revenue has been brought into Seneca County for housing inmates from Tompkins County and for the U.S. Marshals. In fact, the actual total received from in-boarding inmates into the Seneca County Correctional Facility is $115,736.34.Sheriff Stenberg reported that he and his administration have been working tirelessly to generate income by boarding in inmates at the Seneca County Correctional Facility. “Every day we are mindful of the trust the citizens of Seneca County place in us. With that trust comes’ our pledge to deliver services in the most efficient cost effective manner. This facility was built with hopes that someday Seneca County could generate income by boarding inmates from other Counties to help lessen the financial burden on Seneca County taxpayers. In just a few short months, we have seen first hand the fruits of our work pay off to lighten the load of our taxpayers”, said Sheriff Stenberg.Stenberg reported that on February 24, 2009, Seneca County Correctional Facility began boarding inmates from Tompkins County Jail. Since then, the number of inmates has fluctuated on a daily basis. Presently, there are five (5) inmates being in boarded from Tompkins County Jail.Sheriff Stenberg further reported that on April 27, 2009, the Seneca County Correctional Facility began accepting inmates under the control of the United States Marshal’s Service. The contract with the U.S. Marshals pays not only for daily boarding fees, but also Transportation costs and hourly wages for Correction Officers conducting the transports to and from Federal Courts in Rochester and Syracuse. In addition, the contract calls for the Marshall’s Service to pay for any and all medical treatments rendered to inmates outside of the Correctional Facility. Presently, there are nineteen (19) inmates being in-boarded for the US Marshals. The Sheriff praised the dedication and work of his Corrections Staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to handle the increased work load and transportation demands. “Our Corrections Officers, Supervisors, Medical and Kitchen staff have responded to this challenge to bring revenue into this County like the true professionals they are” said Stenberg. “They have risen to the challenges of a sizeable increase to our daily jail population and all that comes with the increased number of inmates and we are proud of the work they are doing to support our efforts, the Sheriff reported.In other cost cutting moves, Sheriff Stenberg reported that costs to feed inmates have dropped drastically since he took office. The Sheriff reported that when he took office in January 2007, the average daily cost to feed an inmate was approximately $7.00 per day. As a result of instituting a 12 day rotational menu, more efficient food ordering that cost has dropped to a $4.00 per day inmate feeding cost. By trimming $3.00 per day per inmate over a one year period, the Sheriff hopes to save Seneca County thousands of dollars annually. Sheriff Stenberg remarked that he and his administration are exploring other avenues to drop those per inmate costs even further.Sheriff Stenberg reported that the Accreditation process is progressing on four fronts: Law Enforcement, Corrections, Court Security and Civil. “We fully expect to have the Correctional Facility accredited by the end of this year, with the Law Enforcement, Court Security and Civil Division following in the first half of 2010.” The accreditation process is moving along nicely and our staff is committed to achieving this most important distinction of being an accredited, professional law enforcement agency. We have had assessors into look at the progress we are making on the accreditation front and are pleased to report we are ahead of schedule.

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