County advertising for new prison operator

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County put advertisements in both county newspapers’ June 26 editions requesting bids for a new operator for the Limestone County Detention Center. After the notice has been published twice and 30 then days elapse, the county may make a decision on which company will run the county-owned private prison.
That was the main information forthcoming on the LCDC at the commissioners court’s June 23 meeting. For the third consecutive meeting, the county commissioners court ended with an executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss the LCDC.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen has said that La Salle Corrections has expressed great interest in being the LCDC operator and has already been at the facility to take photos, and is planning a marketing campaign to obtain a new source of prisoners if they win the new contract.
In the public comments portion of the meeting before the executive session began, Kosse resident Clyde Nicholas objected to the court’s going into executive session to discuss the LCDC.

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