KETR Local
9:59 am
Mon August 29, 2005

Special session today on Hunt County jail privatization

Hunt County – A special session of the Hunt County Commissioner's Court convenes today to consider proposals for the privatization of the hunt County Jail. The jail was found in non-compliance by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards last year largely because of under staffing. The firm CiviGenics, which supervises more than 3,000 inmates in Texas and runs jails in 15 other states, began looking at Hunt County Jail records in order to submit a proposal for running the facility. Hunt County Judge Joe Bobbitt said there would likely be no immediate financial savings for the county if the jail is privatized, but long-term savings could be in store as Hunt County would no longer carry the medical liability for the facility, and could avoid food preparation and labor costs.