Tribune-Courier General Manager
The Marshall County Detention Center could be in line to receive an influx of inmates following the state’s termination of a contract with Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) as of July 1.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s decision to terminate the contract with CCA leaves the company’s private facility in Marion County, Tenn., 120 days to move all of its approximately 800 inmates to other facilities.
Jailer Roger Ford said last week he should get some of the inmates who qualify for restricted custody incarceration.
“I’m hoping we get some of the inmates and that they will be fairly and impartially distributed throughout the state. If I get 10, that’s 10 better than I was. Every little bit helps,” said Ford.
The Marshall County Detention Center has a total of 84 beds classified as “restricted custody.” Of those, Ford currently has 28 now in use, leaving 56 available for prisoners.
Ford said he gets $31.34 per inmate, per day to house a prisoner and noted, “It really adds up in a hurry and could be beneficial to our bottom line.”
Ford, a member of the Kentucky Jailer’s Association, said he has argued for several years that local jails can house inmates less expensively than a private company.
“We’ve finally won the battle,” said Ford. “We really thought it should have happened sooner.