Southern ICE may get all LCDC beds

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County officials got more good news at Monday’s commissioners court meeting when Limestone County Detention Center Warden Mike Sutton reported that two entities want the remaining 500 beds available at the county’s private prison.
Last week, county officials had gotten a commitment from the San Antonio-based division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for 500 beds of the 1,000-bed facility. County Judge Daniel Burkeen said at the time that the Dallas-based division of ICE had expressed interest in using the remaining 500 beds. Monday, however, Sutton said that San Antonio ICE also wants the remaining 500 beds and has applied for funding for them.
The first 500 inmates from the San Antonio ICE are already at the LCDC, according to Sutton.
“At the end of the day, we’ll have 500 in there,” Sutton said Monday. Another 67 inmates are still there from the Bureau of Prisons, he said, but they should be gone with the contract that ends May 31.
ICE was to have requested the funding in Washington for the remaining beds.