For the last year or two, the Vermilion Parish jail has had no empty beds to house new inmates.
When a person is arrested by police departments throughout the parish, they would normally be sent to the parish jail. However, because the jail cannot hold any more inmates, the person arrested has to be sent to another holding facility somewhere in the state.
Each month the Police Jury is responsible for paying the bill of housing prisoners in different cities.
On Monday, the Police Jury approved a payment of $6,900 divided amongst three different facilities.
The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office will receive the largest check from the jury for a total of $4,989.58. for the month of December.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office will get a check for $1,455.35 for the month of February.
The Richland Parish Detention Center will be paid $439.02.
The money will come from the General Fund.
In other Police Jury business:
• The Jury approved to pay Dr. Trent Fogleman $12,250 relative to an invoice dated March 24, 2008 for office space rental and equipment, temporary support salary and secretarial salary differential. The Police Jury wants legal counsel to prepare an agreement with Dr. Fogleman stating that any other claims relative to his tenure as acting coroner are relinquished.
• The Jury approved to pay $1,700 for a new stainless steel toilet for the parish jail.