All three Phelps County Commissioners approved an agreement Thursday that will permit the U.S. government to house U.S. Marine Corps detainees and prisoners at the Phelps County Jail.
Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp signed the agreement during the commission meeting between the county and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Plans, Policies and Operations Department, Security Division.
According to the agreement, the county will be paid $80 per day for the confinement of each prisoner.
The agreement states that the jail accept the active duty Marine Corps military personnel for confinement “as can reasonably be accommodated.”
Lt. Matt Shults, who is responsible for the operation of the jail/transport division of the county sheriff’s department, told commissioners that prisoners will most likely be “short-timers ... They would be staying a few days only.” He noted that he expects a low number of these prisoners to be housed in the jail.
The agreement also stated that the county “provide necessary medical care to prisoners” according to applicable state and federal law and regulations.
All direct costs associated with the emergency care, routine medical expenses, prescribed treatments and medications, transportation and security escorts will be reimbursed.
Shults said the costs associated with transporting the prisoners also are reimburseable.
Shults said he would like to see similar agreements with the other branches of the Armed Services in the future.