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Waiting on ICE
Thursday, 14 October 2010

October 14--  Construction of a privately-operated jail in Montgomery County continues to be a waiting game.

County commissioners held a called meeting Tuesday to get an update on the project which has been discussed for several years.  The management detention company which operates a detention center in Irwin County wants to build a 1,000 bed jail at an estimated cost of more than $40 million.  In addition to holding Montgomery County prisoners, the company wants to house illegal immigrants for the U.S. Immigration Service.

Terry O'Brien with Detention Management told the commissioners they are  getting more detainees for their facility in Irwin County, and he's hoping for a government contract with enough volume to justify building the new facility in Mount Vernon.

"I wish I was sitting here telling you 'Let's get the shovels,' but it's all extremely positive as far as the operation and our workig with ICE, but the main thing is to get that population identified and the contract," O'Brien said.

Until Montgomery County can get a local jail, it continues to send prisoners to the Irwin County facility for $45 a day.  It's costing the county about $350,000 a year to house its prisoners elsewhere. 

 
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