Pinal County slashes sheriff's budget by $5M

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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