Leon Wilson, a lifelong resident of Dayton, announced his candidacy yesterday for Liberty County Commissioner (The Vindicator,"Wilson Announces Candidacy for Liberty County Commissioner, Precinct 4"). Wilson is running as a Republican for Precinct 4.
If elected, Wilson wishes to bring the Liberty County Jail back under county control and stop the "waste of millions of dollars" associated with privatization.
Liberty County has a troubled financial history with regards to the county jail. The county's efforts to decrease the jail population has been thwarted due to their contract with Community Education Centers (CEC), the company that previously operated the jail, As the jail population decreases, the cost per prisoner increases. 75th District Court Judge Mark Morefield had this to say about the contract:
One (private prison) bid said that if the inmate population goes below 200, the cost per inmate goes from $63 to $68 per day. If we work really hard to decrease the inmate population, the cost will go up to $70 per day...[t]hey are taking all the incentive out of it.
Wilson has served with the Liberty County Police Department, the Liberty County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Public Safety, and the Harris County Attorney's Office and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.