YAKIMA, Wash. -- Inmates from the City of Renton will soon be returned to the Yakima County Jail, but an agreement between the two sides is still on hold.
in 2006, Renton decided to stop housing inmates at the Yakima County Jail, citing safety concerns. Yakima County officials argued that Renton did not have just cause to make this decision and filed a lawsuit.
A trial was set for May 12th, but that has been postponed because both sides have reached a conditional agreement.
About 30 inmates from Renton will be returned on April 1st. The county stands to make $1.7 million from now until 2010 by housing the inmates.
If the conditional agreement is not finalized, a new trial date will be set for mid-2009.
Renton's safety concerns were alleviated after they hired private consultants to inpect the Yakima County Jail on two seperate occasions. Officials from Renton have arranged for a third inspection later this year.