YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An agreement between the Mahoning County Sheriff and the US Marshals Service will help keep the privately owned Youngstown prison open for years to come.
On Thursday morning, the County Commissioners signed agreements between the Sheriff’s Office and the Marshals and Core Civic, the owners of the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center.
At the beginning of this year the Biden administration threatened to end contracts that allow the Marshal Service to place prisoners in private prisons; This could have forced Core Civic to close the local facility and lay off its staff.
“Ultimately, the government agreed that we should enter into what is known as an intergovernmental agreement, or pass-through agreement, which gives us the ability to keep the center of the treaty, in which we make contracts with the Core Civic and contracts with the marshals. But the two are not contracting, ”said Jerry Greene, Mahoning County Sheriff.
The sheriff said the agreements would generate additional revenue for the county, which would then be used to cover the cost of task force units and other services provided by the sheriff’s office, without using local taxpayers’ money.