YORKVILLE – Kendall County soon will get more money to house federal inmates.
The Kendall County Board voted, 6-0, to approve an amendment for an intergovernmental agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service to provide federal inmate housing. The vote came during the regular morning meeting Tuesday, May 21, with Vice-Chairwoman Amy Cesich, District 1 representative heading the meeting. Chairman Scott Gryder of District 2, along with members Judy Gilmour of District 1 and Tony Giles of District 2, were absent.
County Sheriff Dwight Baird said the U.S. Marshals Service offered to increase the inmate per diem rate to $80 an inmate per day, up from $75, and the hourly guard and transportation rate to $38, up from $35.
Baird said the sheriff’s office is able to update those contracts every three to four years, with the current rates coming from a 2015 intergovernmental agreement. He said it has been a little more than three years since the jail began housing the federal inmates.
“Everything else will stay the same, as far as the conditions of the contract” are concerned, Baird said.
According to meeting documents, the U.S. Marshals Service will not be able to approve the adjusted rates before Oct. 1. Notifying the agency that the county agrees with the proposed rates would ensure that everything will be processed accordingly and will help prevent delays in payment or interruptions of service, the documents said.
“I wanted to get approval of the amounts, so then when we get the official contract back, it’s ready to go,” Baird said.
Baird said the next step after that will be to have the State’s Attorney’s Office take a look at the final agreement, which should be done by Oct. 1.
Baird said the County Jail currently houses 90 federal inmates, with the county having as many as 101 in the past. He said the jail has 161 inmates total with the jail’s capacity being 203. Housing the federal inmates has no effect on the local jail population, with the number of local inmates hovering at about 50 for the most part, Baird said.
There were a total of 303 DeKalb County Jail inmates that were housed in Kendall County in 2018, with the monthly number ranging from 18 to 57 inmates, according to housing invoices from Kendall County obtained by the DeKalb Daily Chronicle on Feb. 19 through the Freedom of Information Act. Kendall County received more than $430,000 for housing DeKalb County Jail inmates from January to mid-August 2018, around the time when the DeKalb County inmates moved into the new DeKalb County Jail expansion.
Since DeKalb County no longer needed to house their inmates elsewhere, Baird said, that has meant that Kendall County could house more federal inmates in its jail.
Baird said all the money Kendall County gets from housing outside inmates goes to the county’s general fund. He said he anticipates the jail to bring in more than $2 million for the county for housing outside inmates, which will help pay down the jail’s bond payment.
“It’s not a bad position [to be in],” Baird said. “It really helps our financial well-being in the county.”