No pact, but jail talks continue

Negotiations over the possibility of Page County joining the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority have been going on since May with the outcome still undetermined.

Jail Authority Chairman Doug Stanley said Friday progress is being made in the negotiations  but refused to give any timeline for their completion.

“The long and short of it is at this time we don’t have an agreement but we can continue to pursue that with them,” Stanley said.

He noted that the options include full-fledged membership on the jail authority for Page County or an agreement with the county to rent out bed space at RSW without jail authority membership.

Stanley said the election of a new sheriff and new members on the board of supervisors in Page County have slowed negotiations since fall.

“We’re not starting over, but certainly the dynamic has changed, and we’ve got to bring people up to speed,” Stanley said of the turnover.

Any agreement allowing Page County to join the jail authority would require approval by each of the counties already represented on the governing body.

Page County officials have cited a lack of bed space for women prisoners as one of the principal reasons for seeking additional capacity at RSW. Page County last year was paying the Middle River Regional Jail in Staunton $38 per day to house female inmates there.

Page County officials did not return phone messages asking for comment on current negotiations.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com