Kotzebue Demands State Department of Corrections Fund Jail
Letter sent to commissioner asks for contract
The city of Kotzebue says it needs a half-million dollar contract with the state by Wednesday to reopen its jail and receive prisoners arrested by the state.
In a letter to Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt, Kotzebue City Manager Derek Martin says the state must pay $100,000 per-month through the end of the state fiscal year – June 30.
The city is also offering to lease its jail to the state thereafter.
There was no immediate comment today from the Department of Corrections.