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Action on the current pay-for-stay™ program at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio has been tabled until more information can be obtained following Wednesday’s board meeting.
CCNO is currently under a three-year contract with Intellitech which implements its pay-for-stay™ jail fee program that expires in July. At issue with board members is the high percentage rate that Intellitech charges for its collection services. CCNO officials are considering switching the jail fee collection business to the Ohio Attorney General’s office although CCNO would be its first client for such a service.
Under the Intellitech service, CCNO receives 70 percent of jail reimbursement funds collected while the inmate remains incarcerated to include a $100 booking fee. But once released, collection revenues are reduced with CCNO only getting 30 percent while Intellitech maintains 70 percent.
If CCNO switches to the Attorney General’s office, there is a 10 percent service charge.
Officials estimated that in 2011, CCNO received $112,070.25 in jail reimbursement fees from Intellitech. Under the attorney general’s office, that amount could have been $228,276.88. But while the attorney general’s office would charge a lesser rate, officials are concerned there is no guarantee that dollar revenues would be greater if collection efforts are not as aggressive as currently being conducted by Intellitech.
Intellitech founder John Jacobs told board members during the meeting that his company specializes in serving as a collection agency for county jails across the United States and has two people dedicated to CCNO alone. He said his staff follows strict procedures and is experienced in dealing with the not-so-ideal client as well as complying with due process laws. He recommended that Intellitech expand its services to include serving as a collection agency for area courts served by CCNO to provide greater revenues.
CCNO officials asked that a representative from the Ohio Attorney General’s office attend an upcoming meeting to provide additional information to help them make a final decision.
In other business, board members awarded a contract to Cardinal Bus Sales and Service with its sole bid of $155,500 for a new transportation bus that includes the trade-in of a 2009 bus.
CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis reported that Wednesday’s population stood at 567 or 89 percent. The population averaged 541 or 85 percent in May and April.
Mr. Dennis said the electronic monitoring office in Toledo will be moved to the Hamilton Building. The office had been located in a Toledo police station that is scheduled to close.
Mr. Dennis said he is working with other jail officials to update the Ohio minimum jail standards. He said the standards are reviewed and updated every 10 years.
Members met in executive session for 17 minutes to discuss union negotiations. No action was taken following the meeting.
This site was updated on February 26, 2013