Extra funds needed for inmate overflow in McLennan County

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 4:01pm

WACO -- An increase in inmates has McLennan County dipping into their contingency funds.

That way, they say, they can cover the extra housing cost needed for the roughly 100 extra inmates currently at the Jack Harwell Detention Center.

The county uses the center as overflow and costs about 45 dollars per day, per inmate.

Which is causing the county to use 215, 261 dollars from their contingency funds.

But one sheriff's deputy tells us they are working to find ways to relieve the jail of some of its extra occupants.

"One of the things that we're looking at right now is electronic monitoring. Where they would wear basically a bracelet and would have parameters of when they could and could not be outside of a certain zone. So that is something we're working on right now," Chief Sheriff's Deputy Randy Plemons said.

The budget for 2012 goes off the numbers from previous years.

This year, the county has had as many as 200 extra inmates, while in previous years they have had 30 or 40.

Officials will begin drafting the 2013 budget in a few months.

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