Johnson, Campbell Counties Agree To Juvenile Detention

Johnson, Campbell Counties Agree To Juvenile Detention

Johnson County's Commissioners agreed to a contract with Campbell County to provide juvenile housing and detention services for Johnson County juvenile offenders.

Johnson County Attorney Ken DeCock and Undersheriff Kerry Wolf presented the specifics to the commission at their meeting Tuesday, saying the county could save money using Campbell County's facilities even though Johnson County would be responsible for transporting juveniles between Gillette and Buffalo.

Juvenile housing and detention services are currently provided by Natrona County to Johnson County through a contract with the Department of Family Services, according to DeCock.

Johnson County pays Natrona County $115 per day plus mileage for transporting juveniles, which averages about $125 per day.
In the new contract, Johnson County will pay Campbell County a flat $75 per day and will take care of their own transportation and the realted costs.

Although the county may see a cost savings with this new contract, the sheriff's office will see a slight increase in their costs from transporting the juveniles, according to Undersheriff Wolf.

Johnson County will use both detention services for now, with the idea of using Campbell County exclusively in the future, according to Commissioner John Gibbs.

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