Los Angeles County may back out of prison deal with Taft Correctional Facility

The deal between LA County and the Taft Community Corrections Facility may come to an end after a recent discussion between the two counties.

Taft mayor Paul Linder confirmed with 23ABC News that LA County supervisors are thinking about backing out of an agreement with the city of Taft for them to house 500 low-level inmates from the out of county jail system. The agreement was designed to keep overcrowding in the LA County jails and have been agreed to verbally.

Mayor Linder said LA County has decided it may want to back out of the agreement because of the city of Taft lawsuit against the state for them backing out on there its contract to house state inmates.

Linder denies the claim and says they had always let LA County know about their lawsuit against the state and promised that LA County would not become entangled in the suit.

Linder says LA County is now asking to be indemnified against any lawsuit but he says Taft is too small and cannot afford to do that.

Linder says Taft has given verbal assurances to LA County that they would not involve them in the lawsuit against the state and has even offered to refund money to LA county if the lawsuit somehow prevents Taft from taking LA county inmates

Linder said the contract had been signed by both the city of Taft and LA County, but Taft has not started receiving inmates.

Linder says LA County Supervisors will vote on the contract next Tuesday.

State officials pulled all of their low-level inmates out of the top Community Correctional Facilities in October of 2011 as part of prison realignment.

The top CCFs have been empty for 2 years and when the verbal agreement with Los Angeles County came through, the City Council of Taft had approve the deal and work had already begun to reopen the facility.

Mayor Linder said that he has instructed the city to start looking into an agreement to rehouse the state inmates again.

The state is once again looking at using CCFs around the state to help house some of their low level inmates at the federal courts have ordered them to reduce prison overcrowding statewide.

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