In-boarding of inmates pays off for Seneca Co.

Seneca County Sheriff Jack S. Stenberg announced today that revenue generated by in-boarding prisoners into the Seneca County Correctional Facility has exceeded “One Million Dollars.” We have been aggressive in marketing of our State of the Art Correctional Facility and are pleased to announce that we have generated in excess of One Million Dollars in revenue for Seneca County as a result of in-boarding inmates into our facility. Costs associated with in-boarding inmates, such as daily meals and transportation has still allowed us to realize a net revenue gain of over One Million Dollars.“We began the in-boarding process in February 2009 by taking our first prisoners from Tompkins County. We entered into a contract soon after with the United States Marshal’s Service in April 2009 and began housing Federal Detainee’s from the Western District of New York. Recently, we have accepted inmates from Ontario County as well. Our Corrections staff has taken on the extra duties in managing a larger inmate population with the utmost professionalism”, remarked the Sheriff.“Our County residents pay more than their fair share in taxes and anything we can do to reduce the tax burden on them we take very seriously” said Sheriff Stenberg. “One Million dollars in outside revenue that we have generated means one million dollars less that our County residents have to come up with in taxes”, continued Stenberg.“This facility was built with the intention of in-boarding inmates and we are happy to have been able to provide this out of County revenue stream”, said Stenberg.“Every day we look how to save money and operate more efficiently. We have cut our daily per inmate meal costs in half since taking Office, simply by instituting a twelve day rotational menu and taking advantage of bulk food ordering and pricing. Inmates get balanced meals that meet the minimum nutritional requirements set by the New York State Commission of Correction” said Stenberg. We are doing a great deal of our mandated training in-house and by utilizing electronic delivery methods drastically reducing our training costs.In the year ending 2009 & 2010, we were able to close the books by coming in over one half a million dollars under budget each year by operating more efficiently and controlling costs.

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