- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Tucson City Council has approved a plan to send inmates convicted of misdemeanor crimes to a less expensive jail in Nogales.

The city does not own its own jail and pays Pima County jail to hold inmates.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/1O8HHVd ) that the city paid about $6.6 million for inmates in fiscal year 2015 and projected spending $6.9 million this fiscal year. By contracting with the Santa Cruz County Jail in Nogales the city will save $180 to $380 per 10-day sentence for each inmate.

City officials say it is unclear how many inmates will be sent to serve in Nogales.

The agreement also helps Santa Cruz County, which has empty beds at its jail.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com

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