City Moves Forward with Agreement to Transport Municipal Inmates

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield City Council announced this week it plans to move forward with an agreement to move municipal inmates to nearby counties.

Council approved a plan in March to give half a million dollars to Miller and Taney Counties in exchange for holding prisoners over the next year.

Southern Missouri Judicial Services will soon be responsible for transporting inmates to Taney County.

Deputies from Miller County will transport them from Springfield to Tuscumbia.

Now, Springfield police won't have to release people in hopes they'll show up in court.

"Everyone is excited," said SMOJS CEO Tim Brenner.  "We are ready to take on this project."

Transporting inmates is nothing new for SMOJS.

"SMOJS has been transporting inmates for the past eight years for different counties and cities," said Brenner.

And now, the company is adding Springfield to its list.

"What we will be doing is using south side holding cells as a transfer station," said Brenner.  "When the inmates come in, we will take them from there and transport them down to Taney County."

The company has been here in Springfield since 2008.

"We provide a variety of services for private companies and government," said Brenner.  "Which includes security investigations, K9 services and inmate transportation, ankle bracelets."

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says half the funds allotted will pay for the company's transportation and hours.

"We should be able to staff with what we have," said Brenner.  "We have to add a few additional jobs."

Right now, there are around 43 employees at SMOJS.

"The majority of our employees are current and former law enforcement officers-- certified in law enforcement," said Brenner.  "And ex-military."


Taney County has about 75 beds available, Miller County will be able to take more than 30 inmates from the city.

"We are very excited about this contract," said Brenner.  "We feel honored to have it."

Chief Williams hopes to begin the transports May 31.

Williams says this is a temporary, but necessary fix.

  


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