Under Arizona law counties provide many services to all citizens of the county, including those that live within cities and towns. These services include criminal justice services such as prosecution of felonies (by the County Attorney), criminal felony trials (by the Superior Court), and the housing of inmates accused of crimes anywhere within the county (by the Sheriff). Before the Jail District was established, cities and towns were required to pay Yavapai County for housing prisoners charged in municipal courts. With a jail district established, cities and towns no longer have to pay to house these prisoners. Click here to view an excellent video from the US Department of Justice about the role of local jails in the criminal justice system. Since the jail district was established in 1999 the cities and towns of Yavapai County have saved an estimated 20 million dollars in prisoner housing costs. These savings are available for cities and towns to enhance services and/or reduce local taxes. Click here to see Arizona law about the cost of housing inmates.