Jail contract approved by Winston County
by JAMES PHILLIPS
Mar 27, 2013 | 2049 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A contract between the Jasper Police Department and the Winston County Sheriff’s Office concerning the housing of inmates has been approved by the Winston County Commission.

Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris confirmed the contract was approved Monday morning.

“We are happy to be doing business with Jasper,” he said.

Harris said his office had already looked into the possibility of housing federal inmates at the Winston County Jail.

“We were about ready to do that when Jasper Police Chief Connie Rowe contacted us,” he said. “I thought it was a good deal for us, and now our commission has approved it.”

Rowe said Jasper will pay $32.50 per inmate, per day to Winston County. That is the same amount Sheriff John Mark Tirey had agreed on for inmates to come to the Walker County Jail. After the Walker County Commission decided not to accept the deal, Rowe approached Winston County.

“Even at $32.50 per inmate, we will spend less on the jail budget this year,” Rowe said. “Looking at everything, I believe we will save the city money — worst case scenario, we will break even.”

Rowe said transition teams have been put into place at both of the law enforcement agencies.

“I anticipate that transition teams will start Tuesday on working out the details of booking and transportation,” she said.

May 1 is the target date to have the Jasper Municipal Jail completely empty, Rowe said.

“We will move the female prisoners first,” Rowe said. “They are in the area of the jail with the poorest conditions.”