Jail to take Mineral Wells prisoners

Several department heads gave updates on how things were going during Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

Commissioners approved an agreement with the Sheriff’s Department and Mineral Wells Police allowing them to use some of the county’s beds for their prisoners. Sheriff Thomas Spurlock said the department contacted him looking for extra beds which will be used for Class C misdemeanors only.

“With many of those possibly being here for 70-75 days at (a cost of) $45 a day, that can be some serious money for us,” Spurlock explained. 

The contract is for three years with Mineral Wells handling the transport of all health visits for their prisoners. Either party can get out with 30 days written notice or the contract will automatically renew. Jack County has agreements with Baylor, Archer, Wichita and Taylor County presently.

Spurlock said Palo Pinto County is also looking to enter into an agreement as well.

To read the complete article, see the April 28 edition of the Herald-Gazette.



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