Aug 8, 2014 3:17 PM by Associated Press

Pinal County slashes sheriff's budget by $5M

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Pinal County officials are cutting Sheriff Paul Babeu's budget in an attempt to make up for lost revenue.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reported ( that the Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Wednesday to slash $5 million from adult detention operations at the county jail.

Officials say the move comes in response to a loss of a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

County Manager Greg Stanley says the budget initially included $11 million in expected revenue from a deal to house ICE prisoners in county facilities.

However, officials say ICE never responded to requests to negotiate since the previous contract expired July 24.

The county sent a notice of termination as a result.

Babeu says the board's actions could mean compromising care and custody of inmates.


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