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February 22, 2013

Prison board hopes to lodge state parole violators

NEW CASTLE — The Lawrence County Prison Board hopes to patch the budgetary hole created following the loss of state inmates.

Warden Brian Covert, reporting to the prison board on the jail population Thursday, said the county has signed on to participate in a system to house state parole violators.

Covert said he does not yet know when the program will start, how many parole violators the county can expect or what the state will pay per day to house them.

“The state will draw up a contract that will be voted on by the county commissioners.”

The warden said training sessions will be offered in late March and mid-April on how to deal with the new program.

In his report, Covert said the jail now has 216 inmates and room for about 80 more.

For several years, the county has housed 50 state inmates, collecting $50 per inmate per day. In January, the state began withdrawing its prisoners. All are now gone, Covert said.

The county had anticipated receiving about $800,000 in revenue for 2013 through the state inmate program. Accepting state parole violators will make up some of that loss.

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