To round out 2012, Texas Prison Bid'ness is highlighting the top private prison stories of the year, based on stories covered on our blog. Our number six story of the year is the Ballad of Liberty County.
TPB Big Story #6 - Liberty County Debates Ending Private Prison Contract
Earlier this year, we brought you the Ballad of Liberty County. With the goal of lowering the operating
costs of the Liberty County Jail, 253rd District Court Judge Chap B. Cain initiated a plan to reduce the number of non-violent individuals housed in the jail. The plan was successful, reducing the number of non-violent offenders in the jail dramatically.
As we wrote back in March - 75th District Court Judge Mark Morefield, who supports the inmate reduction plan, stated: “’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.’”