GROESBECK (November 13, 2013)- Limestone County officials expect to know by the end of the year if they’re in the running for a federal Bureau of Prisons contract that would allow them to reopen the county-owned Limestone County Detention Center.
The facility has been closed since Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials decided to stop sending suspected illegal immigrants detained at the border to the center, opting instead to return them to their home countries.
The last prisoners were removed in mid-July, after which about 130 detention center employees picked up their final paychecks as the private company that ran the prison pulled out and ended operations.
Since then work has continued on improvements to the 1,000-bed facility including the addition of space for another 100 inmates.
County officials say they’re also exploring the possibility of reopening the facility to house overflow inmates from nearby counties and state jails.