County approves interim prison deal

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County officials approved a contract with Mike Sutton, longtime administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, to run the county’s private prison on an interim basis.

The decision was made after the commissioners court came out of executive session after the other agenda items had been dealt with. The executive session was called to discuss matters concerning the operation of the LCDC and included attorney Herb Bristow, who helps the county on legal issues.

When they finished that session and returned to open session, the commissioners approved the contract with Sutton’s company, Detention Management Services, though the contract is not quite finished.

“Herb is working on the written version,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen later. “It is a simple deal, we pay Detention Management Services $50,000 a month to maintain the facility – maintenance, utilities, etc. and to help look for inmates. It is just a month-to-month deal, hopefully short term, until we get some inmates in. We will review it in 30 days when we have a better handle on utility costs.”

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