The approval allows Winder to pay $52.50 per inmate housed in another county's jail through July when the state and county will each pay $2.8 million to try to open up to 300 beds in Salt Lake County's jail.
County officials described the plan as a temporary fix to crowding at the jail, and Winder said it would allow him to avoid opening more of Oxbow jail, which he said would be more expensive.
While he now has the money — plus approval for four staffers to work out logistics of the plan — Winder is still finalizing his plan, including where to send inmates. He told The Salt Lake Tribune he was considering a wide range of jails across the state.
Winder is also considering how he'll choose which inmates are moved, how to get them to the other jails, how they'll communicate with their families and how the county will ensure their health and safety in the new jails.