OPINION ISSUED OCTOBER 19, 1999
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COMMISSION
DIVISION OF CORRECTIONS
Stephen W. Morelan, Attorney at Law, for claimant.
Joy M. Cavallo, Assistant Attorney General, for respondent.
This claim was submitted for decision based upon the
allegations in the Notice of Claim and the respondent's Answer.
Claimant, Hampshire County Commission, is responsible for the
incarceration of prisoners who have ommitted crimes in Hampshire
County, but have been sentenced to facilities owned and maintained
by respondent, Division of Corrections. Claimant brought tis
action to recover $13,813.53 in costs for providing housing and/or
medical care to prisoners who have been sentenced to a State penal
institution, but due to circumstances beyond the control of the
county, these prisoners have had to remain in the custody of the
county for periods of time beyond the date of the commitment order.
The Court previously determined in County Comm'n. of Mineral
County vs. Div. of Corrections, 18 Ct. Cl. 88 (1990), that
respondent is liable to claimant for the cost of housing and
providing medical care to inmates sentenced to a State penal
Pursuant to the holding in Mineral County, respondent reviewed
this claim to determine the invoices for the services for which it
may be liable. Respondent then filed an Answer admitting the
validity of the claim in the amount of $13,813.53.
In view of the foregoing, the Court makes an award to claimant
in the amount of $13,813.53.
Award of $13,813.53 .