County prison one of two finalists for fed contract

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Mike Sutton, longtime director of the Limestone County Detention Center, checks on the exterior of the currently empty, county-owned private prison. Sutton formed a small company to run the facility for the county while county leaders try to find another source of inmates. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
It was revealed at Monday’s Limestone County commissioners court meeting that the county’s privately owned prison is one of only two still being considered for a long-term contract to house inmates for the federal government.
The county has been working to win the contract, called CAR-XV, for the past year, and County Judge Daniel Burkeen has in the past expressed optimism about the county’s chances for winning the contract for the Limestone County Detention Center. He was not at Monday’s meeting, however, because he was testifying before the County Affairs Committee of the Texas Legislature.
The LCDC has been empty for nine months, noted Commissioner John McCarver, who expressed less confidence in the future of the facility. He was conducting the meeting in Burkeen’s absence.
“I think in the near future we’re going to have to make some decisions out there,” McCarver said. “It’s costing quite a bit of money.”
“Yeah,” said Commissioner Jerry Allen.

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