PHOENIX (AP) - One of Scottsdale's two jails is closing despite pleas to keep it open and to avoid sending offenders to county lockups.
Police Sgt. Mark Clark says the loss of five civilian jail positions has prompted the closure of the Via Linda Jail later this month.
The Arizona Republic http://bit.ly/PzxnAB reports that the move comes despite what was expected to be a money-making year for the jail.
More than 1,700 people sentenced in other cities had been sent to the jail during a nine-month pilot program under which they paid $189 for a night's stay in the 14-bed jail. Budget figures show the program would have brought in $500,000 a year.
Neither the revenue nor pleas from the Scottsdale Fraternal Order of Police were enough to keep the jail open.