Liberty County is paying more to detain fewer people in its jail, thanks to a contract with private prison corporation Community Education Centers that increases the per diem the county pays as the number of people in its jail falls. According to an article in last Wednesday's Liberty County Vindicator:
"Liberty County commissioners approved a $341,168.43 payment to jail management company Community Education Centers (CEC) in the Tues., Aug. 28 commissioners court meeting.
The census at the Liberty County Jail dropped below 150 (at 148), which triggered the ‘cost plus 15%’ arrangement in the CEC contract. County Auditor Harold Seay asked for discussion since the court had discussed the topic in executive session without him.
Seay said the average rate per inmate under the ‘cost plus’ payment comes to $75.48 per prisoner per day, up from the contracted rate of $71.12 per day if the census at the 150 level.
Seay added, “Even with fewer prisoners, it is costing us $18,213 more.” (County’s controversial inmate ‘cost plus’ rates kick in at $341,168, August 28. Emphasis added by Texas Prison Bid'ness.)