City, County set to begin jail negotiations

Pearsall received $20,000 in inmate medical bills, administration says

Pearsall City Manager Federico Reyes is soon to enter contract negotiations with Frio County regarding an interlocal agreement for jail services.

In the wake of recent staggering high bills submitted by the county for inmate medical services, Reyes urged councilors for permission to begin negotiations talks.

“The city is responsible for inmate medical costs,” the city manager said in a September 10 meeting. “Over the past few months the city has received twenty thousand in medical bills.”

Records filed at City Hall show from January 2019 until July 2019 the county has billed the city upwards of $19,000 for inmate housing and medical.

Section III of the agreement states, “any person arrested by the city police officers with or without warrant and charged with an offense filed in the municipal court of the city; said person remains a city prisoner for the first 24 hours or until such time as the person is arraigned before a magistrate on charges other than for Class C Misdemeanor offenses filed in the municipal court of the city and who are admitted to the detention facility on a commitment issued by a magistrate, whichever occurs later in time at which time the prisoner then becomes a county prisoner.”



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