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Ellis County rejects jail privatization

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Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown and a group of privatization opponents appear

Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown
Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown
 to have had the last word and jail privatization in the County is dead for now.  Here how the Waxahatchie Daily Light's covered the story ("Sheriff stands tall: Brown refuses jail privatization," August 9):

"Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown voiced his opposition of privatizing the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in front of a crowd of citizens that packed the gallery during Thursday’s special commissioners court meeting.

The county has been looking at the issue of private jail management for almost a year and received bids for this service from Community Education Centers and LaSalle Corrections.

.... Assistant County and District Attorney Lee Auvenshire recommended to the court that they take no action on this item as it requires the sheriff’s approval.

Auvenshire also recommended the court reject both bids at an upcoming meeting and go out for a request for proposal for using a jail management company for only ICE detainees.

The commissions court took no action to allow the county purchasing agent enter into negotiations with a private company for jail management for the Wayne McCollum Jail. No action was taken regarding a letter of intent to contact with ICE to house detainees in the detention center."

As we wrote, CEC's bid rating of 65 out of 100 wasn't particularly impressive and CEC's record around the state and country was something that was brought up multiple times in the County Commission hearings.  It looks for now that privatization is dead in Ellis County, but we'll keep you posted of any developments.