Inmates found for Limestone prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Employees of Limestone County’s private prison, the Limestone County Detention Center, will no longer have to look for new jobs now that county officials have found another federal agency to use the facility for its inmates.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said Saturday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has agreed to begin using at least half of the LCDC’s 1,000 beds for its needs beginning June 1, possibly earlier.
The federal Bureau of Prisons, which has been housing inmates at LCDC, announced in March it would no longer use the prison after May 31.
“ICE wants 500 beds for now and eventually, hopefully all of the beds,” Burkeen said. “So as it stands right now, we have inmates. We’ve got to get a new operator in place, and we’ll do that on (May) 24th, that Friday.”
Nearly all – 227 of the approximately 240 – LCDC employees received a letter dated March 18 from Community Education Centers, the management company that has been running the prison, saying their jobs were being terminated after CEC and the BOP mutually agreed to end their multi-year contract. The contract was signed in August 2011 and had been expected to remain in place 10 years since it was set up for an initial run of four years, with two 3-year renewals.

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