DeWitt County gets financial boost from housing federal prisoners

Oct. 7, 2012 at 5:07 a.m.

The DeWitt County Detention Center received an influx of federal prisoners Friday.

The jail received 35 inmates facing federal charges or sentencing in an agreement with the U.S. Marshal's Service, according to a news release from the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office.

DeWitt County and the Marshal's Service entered into an agreement when the new detention center opened, to house overflow inmates from the federal court system. DeWitt County has been housing varying numbers of inmates since.

The jail expanded from 51 beds to the current 161-bed facility in 2009. It received its first federal prisoners in November 2010.

DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky said housing the federal inmates is an economic benefit to the county. Between January and August this year, the county received more than $175,000 in payments for housing and related costs for housing federal inmates, according to the news release.

"If the federal inmate population continues to increase, we might see an additional $900,000 this year," Zavesky said in the news release.

"This is the largest group we have received since the first group of 24 inmates was received shortly after opening the new jail."



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