Although city officials are calling the re-opening of the Hoquiam City Jail a success, the city will continue to send inmates to the Forks City Jail. The Hoquiam City Council approved a contract with the City of Forks at a May 13 meeting.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said sending long-stay inmates to the Forks facility is a cost-saving measure, as it frees up beds for short-stay state Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates. The state pays the City of Hoquiam $80 per day for each DOC inmate they house at the Hoquiam City Jail.
The City of Hoquiam pays the City of Forks $45 per day for each inmate housed.
“The rate is really good, but the location isn’t,” Myers said.
Myers said the city housed most of its inmates at the Forks City Jail before the Hoquiam City Jail was re-opened.
Hoquiam City Council members approved the measure unanimously.