McLennan County: Commissioners Approve Agreement To Ship Inmates Out Of County

WACO (April 16, 2013)—McLennan County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an inter-local agreement that would allow McLennan County to ship county jail inmates to Limestone County Jail to ease overcrowding.

The agreement would allow for inmates at the Jack Harwell Detention Center to be moved to Limestone County Jail at a cost savings to McLennan County, commissioners said.

Chief McLennan County Deputy Matt Cawthon told the court that federal prisoners held on federal charges, including immigration detainees, are rapid filling the Harwell jail and a spill over of local inmates is causing a need for more space.

Limestone County has agreed to house the over flow inmates for about $34-a-day, compared to the $45-a-day cost to house them in the Harwell center, Cawthon said.

Commissioners approved the measure in spite of the fact that Limestone County has announced it will close the facility there on May 31.

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