Interim detainee source found for prison

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners learned Monday of a deal in the works to bring some state detainees to the Limestone County Detention Center. They also approved buying the parts to fix the boiler whose pipes froze in the severely cold weather recently.

The initial number of detainees to be housed at the LCDC is small – 116 – but the money the state has agreed to pay, $8.50 to $9 per inmate daily, would generate about $30,000 a month to help offset the expenses of running the private prison.

“This is not official until Herb (Bristow, the county’s attorney) gets all the contracts together, but they presented it to the state, and they were very upbeat; they liked it,” said LCDC Administrator Mike Sutton, who told the commissioners about the plans at Monday’s commissioners court meeting. “They want to do some innovations, but they know the innovations are all on them. Anything that’s done will have to be where we can revert back to jail standards. We made that very clear, and we will be supervising when they do it.”

Avalon would handle the hiring of the employees they need, Sutton said, which are estimated to number about 35.

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