Brown County Jail Makes Deal With Comanche County Jail to House Overflow Inmate Population
Because of the rising inmate population, Brown County Jail administration has negotiated a contract with the Comanche County Jail to house overflow inmates to help ease the population and stay in compliance with state jail requirements. This contract was approved by commissioners at Monday’s meeting of the court.
Brown County Jail Lieutenant Les Karnes requested the interlocal agreement for inmate housing between the Comanche County Jail and the Brown County Jail be approved by commissioners. He explained that the cost to Brown County would be $35 for basic housing and meals per inmate.
“Becky (Caffey, Brown County Jail Administrator) called and set it up,” explained Karnes. “It’s basically the same as the other contracts we have had in the past.”
County Judge Ray West clarified that the contract states that “we (Brown County) would be responsible for any damage an inmate causes (at the Comanche facility), that Brown County would indemnify Comanche County from any kind of healthcare problems, we will take care of those. We are responsible for everything as if they were housed in the Brown County Jail.”
West stated that he and County Attorney Shane Britton had both looked over the contract and approved its content.Commissioners, at the June 29th meeting of the court, had approved the request for Caffey to explore such transfer contracts with other county jails for housing Brown County overflow inmates, leaving the details as to what population count would be the trigger for transfers to Caffey’s discretion.