Pitt Sheriff Says Office Should Share In Money For Housing Federal Inmates

The Pitt County Sheriff says he thinks money his deputies are helping bring into the county coffers should be shared with his office.

Sheriff Neil Elks says since he took office, he's made housing federal inmates a priority at the Pitt County Detention Center. He says he's increased the average number of federal inmates from 50 when he started to 120, and says the county is paid $78.00 per day per federal inmate.

Elks says projections have the county making about 2 and a half million dollars from housing the inmates, but he anticipates it will be closer to three million. He says the money goes into the general fund, and although the county is facing a million and a half dollar budget shortfall this fiscal year, he'd like at least part of the money to be given back to the sheriff's office to help replace old, worn-out equipment.

Elks says, "We have approximately 25 cars with over 150,000 miles on them. And knowing in my mind that that's going to create a lot of unsafe vehicles for our deputies to work out of. These are deputies that respond to your emergencies when you call 9-1-1."

Elks says if the county doesn't give the sheriff's office some of the money, he might reconsider how many federal inmates deputies pick up and house in the detention center next fiscal year.


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  • by Cutbacks Location: Meeting this morning on Feb 8, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    20 headcount. It won't be long until those who insist on causing trouble at the Sheriff's department time to stay home and iron the family skirts.
  • by Manning's boys Location: still at the sheriff's office on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM
    So, the gps thing cost about 20k for the entire year and because the dispatchers can locate and call the deputy closest the incident, they save gas, the car saves maintenance, they save time in critical situations, you know, important stuff. In fact, 1 month of dispatching via gps saved enough to pay for the mtc on the sheriff's dept vehicles for the next 3 years. So who hates them? The lazy deputy who used to go home and sleep all day, that lazy deputy's mistress, and the deputies that used to sit cars facing away from each other in church parking lots making googley eyes at each other and hoping to catch each other in the shower after work at the gym. Who else is complaining? Who cares?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 10:51 PM in reply to Manning's boys
      Neil said it was $60.000 a year.
  • by Dave on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM
    Neil Elks is about as smart as an elk.
  • by MC Jamal Location: mean streets on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    The government give back,what a joke.They don,t know anything but take.They been taking from us for 400 years.
  • by Employee Location: ENC on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:03 AM
    Our department has always had the money we bring in go straight to the general fund. We dont like it but thats the way it works when you work for the county. It's their money. Oh well, let me get back to work, ha.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 8, 2012 at 02:01 AM
    I have a friend in S. Fla. that houses confinscated vehicles - in a bonded warehouses w/ the evidence in them until court. He charges more than Pitt is getting for Federal Detention - then the Feds usually give him the vehicle as a trade off. Had a share in an airport -- We had a 'dope' plain that set on the tarmack for 1/2 yrs. The feds paid alooooooot of money for storage. Funny at the end some couple came in there worked on the thing and took her off.... going to get some more dope I guess. She was a DC8,or 9, or 10 - don't even remember now.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 8, 2012 at 01:53 AM
    If it works like some Sherrif Dept. - (Johnston Co.) and in other states Ga. Sc. Fla. they are allowed to keep confinscated drug money for the dept. I have read enough on this site that there should be money somewhere floating around. I understand his dilema b/c a Sherrigs Dept. is usually underpaid, understaffed b/c of budget. Good luck ........ Federal inmates should bring more than 78 a day.
  • by Just saying Location: PITT on Feb 7, 2012 at 11:20 PM
    In the last years the county jail has been over max. Pitt County just used 35 million for a new jail to house 90 more inmates. So 120 inmates x $78.00 = 9360.00 a day x 365 days = around 3.5 million. Then - around 40 a day for cost. Thats $ 4800. a day x 365 = around 1.7 million. Going to take a long time to get back the 35 million. We are using county tax money to have a new jail to house federal inmates. I see why the is facing a million and a half dollar budget shortfall.
  • by class of '79 Location: NC on Feb 7, 2012 at 10:36 PM
    Good maintenance will keep those vehicles running safely. Direct the cash at effective CRIME CONTROL. Pitt County, home of my alma mater, needs to be a safe place.
  • by Deputy Location: Greenville on Feb 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM
    What is funny is that he paid a quarter of a million dollars for GPS systems in the cars. But is worried about the cars having over 150,000 miles. Yeah ok that makes real good sense. 1 and done that's all I have to say.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM in reply to Deputy
      New cars, new paint schemes, new gps "tracking" systems, overpaid "consultants"... all a waste of time and money!
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