A current prisoner of La Paz County is costing taxpayers “a fortune”, according to Sheriff John Drum.
Drum, speaking at a Board of Supervisors meeting last Wednesday morning, said that the prisoner in question is pregnant and needing a lot of medical attention.
“She is on AHCCCS, but access to AHCCCS is not falling into play while she’s in custody,” Drum said. “We’re paying big bucks to keep her.”
Drum cited some examples of the costs La Paz County is incurring, including a $60,000 medical helicopter bill and $15,000 in hospital bills. Without going into the details of the case, Drum said he believes the prisoner could be safely released until after she gives birth to her child, and appealed to the County Attorney Tony Rogers to dismiss the case.
The case reportedly involves a 20 year old female, arrested for two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Parker Live has also been told the prisoner has a mental disability.
Drum told the Board of Supervisors he believes this prisoner does not represent a threat to society, and said the County is losing a lot of money because he cannot authorize her release unless Rogers dismisses the charges.
“I understand [Rogers] went to Judge Vederman … that’s just passing the responsibility … why can’t he dismiss it without prejudice?”
Charges dismissed ‘without prejudice’ means the charges can be re-filed later.
Rogers declined to comment about the case with Parker Live, saying the matter is under investigation and citing the seriousness of the charges.
Rogers is quoted in the Parker Pioneer newspaper as saying that he wants to work with the Sheriff’s office, “as long as it does not go against my duty to protect the citizens of the County.”