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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Greene County Commission, City of Springfield and Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott have reached an agreement that amends the 1997 Law Enforcement Sales Tax agreement and settles the lawsuits surrounding the use of the Justice Center.
On July 28, Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott and the City of Springfield voluntarily dismissed their respective lawsuits — with the approval of Judge John D. Beger, of the 25th Judicial Court of Missouri — after the Sheriff was forced to close the jail to municipal inmates effective April 1, 2015, due to capacity issues.
In light of the agreement, the Sheriff’s Office will begin processing the City’s municipal inmates. The Sheriff will safely transport Springfield municipal inmates to safe and secure facilities contracted by the City of Springfield.
All parties warn this is not a solution to the capacity issues facing the jail. The agreement, rather, is a starting point to begin to exploring opportunities for jail growth.
Details of the 2017 Addendum
For more information, contact Greene County Director of Communications and Public Engagement Trysta Herzog at 417-771-9859 or [email protected], City of Springfield Assistant Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Melissa Haase at 417-536-7648 or [email protected], or Greene County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Coordinator Corporal Cathy Ussery at 417-829-6393 or [email protected]