The City Council, by a 5-1 vote tonight, authorized Mayor Gary Ivey to enter into agreement with the U.S. Marshal's Service to house federal inmates who are either awaiting trial, awaiting to be sentenced, or waiting to go to federal prison.
The city would house a maximum of 16 federal inmates a day, which includes men and women, Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said.
Under the agreement, the federal government would pay the city $48 a day per inmate. The city would also be reimbursed $25 an hour each for the two police officers or corrections officers Hoover would use to transport inmates downtown to the federal courthouse in Birmingham, Derzis said.
Once the city got the inmates to the courthouse, the marshals would take custody of them, he said.
"Our front door to their front door is 12 miles on the dot," Derzis said.
Housing federal inmates will not create space problems for the city jail, which currently holds 70 people, he said.
The city averages an inmate population of about 28 people a day, he said.
Hoover already has the personnel in place so it will not have to hire any extra personnel to house the federal inmates, Derzis said.
Any money the city makes would go toward the upkeep up of the jail, he said. That amount could be around $200,000 a year, City Council President Jack Wright said.
Ivey said the arrangement to house federal inmates is a great opportunity for the city to build on an already great relationship it has with the marshal's office.