Taft City Council will vote next week on contract with L.A. County

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have agreed to a contract to send inmates to the City of Taft's Community Correctional Facility, the Taft Midway Driller has learned.

At the same time, the city's attorney is reviewing a draft contract with the state to house inmates from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Driller learned.

It's either feast or famine for the city, which has been trying to find inmates for the CCF for nearly two years.

"Currently we have a draft contract in review with the city attorney," City Manager Craig Jones said Tuesday afternoon when word of the vote by the L.A. Supervisors got to Taft. "And now L.A. County has decided to put the contract back on the agenda to put it to a vote."

Jones said the L.A. County contract will be considered by the council at its next regular meeting on Oct. 1.

It's unknown if or when the draft state contract will be presented to the council.

"We don't know if we have two contracts," Jones said.

The L.A. Supervisors originally put the contract with Taft on the agenda as a discussion item, but on Monday it was posted as an action item and the board voted 3-2 to enter into an agreement with the city.

The Taft City Council approved a a five-year contract with L.A. County more than a year ago,but the Los Angles supervisors repeatedly balked at approving the deal.

Now, they want to send low-security inmates to Taft.

There is at least one major difference in the two contracts, Jones said.

L.A. County will send lower security inmates who will be eligible to work outside the CCF on public works crews for city projects.

The state would be sending inmates that require a higher level of supervision and they would have to remain inside a locked facility.

"Those inmates would not be allowed out to work under any conditions," Jones said.

It is not known if they city would receive a higher rate of reimbursement from the state for inmates that require a higher level of security.