City Votes to Hire Prisoner Transport Company to Taney County

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The city of Springfield is putting the final touches on an agreement to move municipal inmates to nearby counties.

City council approved a plan in March to give half of a million dollars to Miller and Taney county in exchange for holding prisoners for the next year.

On Monday, the city voted to hire a third party to help make it all happen.

For over a year, Springfield Police has had to release people and hope they show up for court. Starting at the end of May, inmates will be sent to Miller or Taney county.

The city will hire Southern Missouri Judicial Services to carry inmates to Taney county. While deputies from Miller county will transport them from Springfield to Tuscumbia.

Chief Paul Williams said half of the funds will pay for the company’s transportation and hours.

Along with transportation, SMJS will operate three detention cells at the southern precinct as a holding facility.

Williams said this is a temporary but necessary fix.

“I’m hoping this will kind of put the issue of people not being held accountable and people not being picked up under warrants and not being processed through the system and just kind of recycling themselves which we’ve had a lot of, it’ll kind of put that to rest for a while and then we can concentrate on a bigger issue of what’s a long-term solution.”

Williams hopes to put the plan in place starting on May 31.

Taney county has about 75 open beds and Miller county will be able to take more than thirty inmates from the city.

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