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4/26/07-Henderson

Private Jail Opens In Rusk County

A fourth jail is officially open now in Rusk county.  County and city leaders dedicated the private prison in Henderson this afternoon.  The facility, built by a company called Management Training Corporation, will house male and female prisoners from all over the state.  The firm spent $16 million to build the 127,000 square foot East Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility.  The maximum capacity for the facility is 1,160 prisoners.  

Unlike Smith county, Rusk county does not have an issue with jail overcrowding.  Management Training Corporation built the jail to contract with the state.  The company expects to bring up to 175 jobs to the area with this new jail.  Both company officials and those with the county say this is a win-win situation for everyone involved.  

Officials expect the jail to bring Rusk county many benefits, including a boost to its economy.  "We'll create 150 to 175 new jobs and have an annual operating budget between 10 and 15 million dollars so it'll have a big impact on the community," said East Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility warden Michael Bell. 

"They try to take people that live here in Rusk county. They try to get as many as they can and that helps our economy because they're going to buy their groceries and they're going to buy a house, so that's gonna help our economy," said Rusk county judge Sandra Hodges.

Management Training Corporation began building the jail in July of last year.  "We built the facility and actually moved in in under 12 months," said Bell.   "We had a long partnership with them when we operated here one of the other private facilities before and they put an incentive package together."

The jail has been in operation for the past three weeks and officials say so far, everything has gone smooth.  "We're very pleased with the building. We've got exceptional construction," said Bell.

The inmates housed here are low-risk prisoners, staying on average for about 60 days.   Two hundred cameras digitally record inmates every move.  The kitchen has state-of-the-art equipment.  And there's computer lab where inmates are taught about financial matters, substance abuse and specialized skills.

Bell says the county won't be the only one who benefits from the jail.  "Our goal is to free up some of the long-term beds that the state of Texas has with these short-term intermediate beds and that's the reason for the short duration of the state and it helps the state and provide more beds for them for folks that need longer incarceration," said Bell.

 Management Training Corporation says it's currently looking to hire more personnel.  You can find that by clicking on Know More On Seven on our homepage.  

 

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.  ortega@kltv.com

 

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