Pinal County Sends 100 Day Termination Notice to Immigration and Customs Enforcement

4/16/2014

FLORENCE – After a frustrating year of attempting to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to discuss an adjustment to the per diem rates charged per detainee in the Pinal County Jail, County Manager Greg Stanley announced on Wednesday, April 16 that he will be issuing a 100 day termination notice to the federal agency.

Per the Intergovernmental Service Agreement (ISGA) between the county and ICE, Pinal has provided documentation of the proposed per diem and suggested deviations from the 2011 Performance Based National Detention Standards. It has been nearly two months since the county’s has heard from ICE regarding the proposal.

The ISGA, dated August 28, 2006, allows the county to send a 100 day notice of a desire to terminate the agreement.

The Board of Supervisors does not wish to end the contract, but to make it more equitable for both sides in this agreement. In the letter to ICE, County Manager Stanley states:

“Pinal is still interested in continuing its relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but cannot continue at the existing per diem rate of $59.64. At the current rate, Pinal County taxpayers are subsidizing federal costs for detention.”

The Supervisors said they will be awaiting ICE’s answer to the notice of termination.
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