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Yakima, WA: (Feb-13-08) Yakima County brought a lawsuit against the city of Renton, over issues regarding the housing of inmates in the Yakima County jail. Records show that the suit was filed counter to Renton's filing a claim to recover more than $400,000 spent to house inmates elsewhere. Yakima officials said that in 2006, Renton withdrew from a contract to house up to 27 inmates in the Yakima lockup. Officials in the Seattle suburb said they were tired of waiting for the county's new jail to open and were concerned about safety, health care and potential overcrowding at the old lockup.

Sources close to the case stated that as part of a settlement reached between the two parties, Renton officials have agreed to resume sending prisoners to Yakima in April and a trial date for the lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia has been postponed from May to an undetermined later date. It is also estimated that a payout from the city, which is part of the deal, stands to boost county revenues by about $1.7 million by the time the contract expires in 2010. As part of the agreement in principle, Renton will pay for a consultant to inspect the county's jail facilities by early 2009. Renton is one of 35 King County municipalities that signed contracts to house prisoners in the lockup. Apart from Renton's lawsuit, Seattle and 13 other municipalities that signed seven-year prisoner housing agreements have filed breach of contract claims for unspecified damages. [SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER: HOUSING INMATES]


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Published on Feb-16-08


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