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Yakima City & County Reach Agreement on 5-Year Jail Contract

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima's City Council will consider a new five-year contract agreement with the county jail to house inmates.

The county currently takes about half the inmates arrested by Yakima Police.

The city was looking at the possibility of expanding the city jail because of the high cost of contracting with the county jail.

However, both sides recently came to an agreement, which would save the city 600-thousand dollars a year.

"Folks who live in the county, it ensures the county with a fairly steady base of inmates and people paying for their county jail, so from that respect, it's a win-win," said Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke.

O'Rourke says a city jail expansion is still a possibility down the road.

However, the city would have to double the jail's size to house all the inmates they currently send to the county jail.

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