The CBS article explains item 20 on yesterday’s Board agenda. Kudos go to Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, for working diligently to obtain contracts with ICE and the US Marshals that will help close a major budget gap for her department.
The Daily Pilot weekly column by Jim de Boom provides an invitation to join the Newport-Mesa area community leaders for a recognition luncheon on June 17th. Put it on your calendar and I’ll see you next month.
$12M Windfall Expected From OC Deal To House Federal Inmates
SANTA ANA (CBS) — Orange County officials agreed to a deal on Tuesday that will expand the number of jail beds available to federal inmates in an effort that could bring in $12 million in revenue to the county annually.
Supervisors unanimously approved the new three-year agreement, which increases the number of beds available to U.S. Marshals Service inmates to 282.
Since 1983, the county has had an agreement with the Marshals Service to use Orange County jails to house federal inmates who were detained because of federal holds imposed after legal proceedings on their state charges were completed.
The federal government will pay the county $120 a day for each bed used, with about 86 percent going to the sheriff’s department and 14 percent to the Orange County Healthcare Agency, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said.
“We anticipate annual total revenue could be as high as $12.2 million if fully occupied,” Hutchens told the supervisors.
The agreement mirrors one the county approved last July, which provides more than 800 beds for immigration detainees in jails in Irvine and Orange.
County officials can refuse U.S. Marshals Service inmates if there are not enough beds available, if there are issues with their mental health needs or if they present problems with security, Hutchens said.
None of the inmates from the U.S. Marshals Service will be released from the Central Jail in Santa Ana, Hutchens said.
Federal authorities will take custody of the inmates when they are ready to be released and they will be let go elsewhere, the sheriff added.
The county will begin housing the new inmates in the first week of June, Hutchens said.
“I want to congratulate you on another successful contract,” Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach said. “We’re fortunate that we have enough space, which is consistent with crime being down, which we should congratulate you for as well.”
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Community & Clubs: Interfaith Council celebrates ‘Bridge Builders’
By Jim de Boom
Hall of Fame luncheon
The third annual Daily Pilot Community and Clubs Hall of Fame luncheon will be held June 17 at the Newport Beach American Legion Post 291 to honor members of service clubs, community organizations and congregations for their service to youth, our communities and their respective organizations.
If you belong to a service club, community organization or a religious congregation involved in community service or service to the community’s youth, you can secure a nomination form by contacting Lane Calvert at (714) 546-8558×181 or via e-mail at email@example.com, or from Jim de Boom at (949) 689-4443 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are due by June 6.
Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach will serve as Master of Ceremonies, while the induction of honorees will be done by columnist Jim de Boom, Daily Pilot Editor John Canalis and City Editor Imran Vittachi. Luncheon tickets are $50 per person with proceeds from the event benefiting Exploring, a program of the Orange County Council of Boy Scouts of America.
FIVE-YEAR LOOK BACKS
The Orange Coast Daily Pilot carried the following announcement in its Bulletin Board section under the title “Herschensohn to speak.” (Twenty years ago, we didn’t have to provide area codes.) Reflecting back on this event, TV personality and commentator Bruce Herschensohn charged a rather steep honorarium for someone who would be a candidate for U.S. Senate a few months later. We introduced Mickey Conroy, a candidate for the State Assembly in a neighboring district (who would play a major role in recruiting me to run for County Treasurer a couple of years later). Then on came Bruce, who spoke briefly and then informed us that he had to leave for another commitment. At that time $1,000 was a huge fee for a small club to pay. One would have thought we had him for the evening. Oh, well, but I’m not bitter.
Conservative political commentator Bruce Herschensohn will speak at the May meeting of the Costa Mesa Republican Assembly at 7 p.m. today in the Camberely Room at the Countryside Inn, 325 Bristol Street. The meeting is open to the public. For information, contact John Moorlach, 754-1040.
Ron Campbell and Martin Wisckol of the OC Register provided the latest campaign update in “Chriss Street loses 2 endorsements – Supervisors Campbell and Norby cite a DA’s investigation into the treasurer candidate.”
Moorlach would not rule out backing away from Street if it became clear that his candidate was involved in wrongdoing.
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