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Bexar County Commissioner flirts with jail privatizaion

A Bexar County Commissioner made news earlier this month when he proposed privatization the county's jail system in an effort to save money.  According to the San Antonio Express-News ("Jail privatization on table," September 5th),

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff is proposing the privatization of the county jail, a politically tricky maneuver that he said would largely eliminate the need to cut jobs and trim employee's paychecks. Facing a shortfall of $14 million that officials fear is likely to grow, county commissioners are considering laying off as many as 70 county employees, eliminating an additional 100 unfilled positions and trimming employee wages between two percent and five percent.

Wolff provides no evidence of how or why privatizating would save money.  The article makes it clear that Wolff faces an uphill battle to privatization the county jail with opposition from the Sheriff and his unionized jail officers.  Even his father, County Judge Nelson Wolff says his son isn't likely to get far with the proposal.  Still, with a county as large as Bexar, home to Texas' third largest city in San Antonio, it's certainly something that we'll keep our eyes on.