"Clearly, it will be politicized if it comes back and says we ought to look at another format other than counties," he said, adding, "We are looking at a different day, and we've got some severe financial concerns. We've got to look at providing these services more efficiently."
Also during legislative interim meetings Monday:
"There will be an annual impact on revenues collected of about $8 million a year to the Regional Jail Authority," DeLong told the Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jails and Corrections.
DeLong said he expects additional decreases in Corrections inmates housed in regional jails as provisions in the Justice Reinvestment Act begin to reduce prison overcrowding.
However, he said there should not be a revenue problem as Corrections inmates are moved out of regional jails. As bed space becomes available, the regional jails could house more federal inmates, at a per-day rate of $65 -- which is much higher than the rate charged to counties and Corrections.
He said the Purchasing Division awards about $500 million in state contracts each year, but currently only 20 minority-owned businesses have contracts with the state, with a total value of less than $1 million.
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