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Griffin renews contract with LCSO

Griffin renewed its contract with Lamar County to house the city’s convicted and pre-trial detainees of the Griffin police department. Police chief Frank Strickland said it was the same agreement but with new sheriff Brad White. The cost will remain $35 a day per inmate or 10% of add-on fines and forfeitures, whichever is greater. City detainees are defined as those arrested by the GPD for violating city codes and misdemeanor offenses that go to trial in Griffin city court. This does not include those arrested for offenses returnable to the general trial courts in Spalding County. Those go to the Spalding County jail. City prisoners are defined as those tried and convicted in city court and upon whom has been imposed a sentence of incarceration, including those whose probated or suspended sentences have been revoked. To the extent possible, pre-trial detainees shall be separated from convicted prisoners. However convicted city prisoners may be co-mingled with convicted state and county prisoners if the sheriff and county staff deem it necessary. All transportation of detainees and prisoners to court hearings are the responsibility of the GPD. Transportation and medical care, dental care and medications are also the responsibility of Griffin. The contract runs from Jan. 1, 2013 to midnight, Jan. 1, 2018. Changes require a 90-day notice. If it is terminated, the parties will work together for an orderly transition to another facility.

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