December 26, 2012

Jail to house McCreary prisoners

Extra money for county from fees

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Laurel County Detention Center, once a burden on taxpayers and the fiscal court, continues to make strides as a revenue generating facility.

Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley presented another source of income to magistrates during Thursday’s regular monthly meeting of the fiscal court through an agreement to house prisoners from McCreary County.

“We believe this will generate between $10,000 to $15,000 per month and we have been advised by the Department of Corrections to do this,” Mosley told magistrates.

Mosley said officials from McCreary County will visit the jail next week for a tour.

“We expect to have an agreement with them by next week,” Mosley continued. “They will pay $27.50 per day plus medical costs.”

The McCreary County Jail is an older facility that needs many repairs, Mosley said, and the prisoners will be placed in other facilities that include Laurel County.

While the jail facility has housed as many as 425 prisoners at one time, Mosley said the jail population fluctuates, with the current count at 380 prisoners.

Currently, the local jail has an agreement with Knox County to house prisoners. Mosley said Knox County’s bill last month was approximately $20,000 — all of which is a plus for the jail’s operational monies.

“We’ve been fortunate that we have increased the jail’s revenues since we came in by 125 to 130 percent,” Mosley said. “We are always looking for ways to increase revenue, but we will not exceed the number of prisoners that we can handle.”