By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Aug. 30, 2013 —
Carter Fiscal Court met in special session Friday morning to consider a proposal from BWH Security – an Ashland company that provides home incarceration services.
“We will take care of the drug testing, perform weekly home searches and take on the responsibility of transporting the inmate from the detention center to the home,” said Scott Ball, BWH Security's CEO.
Currently, the county incurs costs of $35 a day for each county inmate lodged in the detention center. For home incarceration inmates, however, monitoring bracelets will only cost the county $5 per day and the released inmate will pick up the remainder of the cost, which is $25 per week.
With the cost difference, the county stands to save $10,950 a year per inmate through the program.
After discussing the cost savings, the Fiscal Court unanimously voted to enter into a contract with the company. Details regarding the firm's arrest powers and working relationships with local judges and the Sheriff's department are still being ironed out, however.
“This is really a win-win for the county. We can move out some of these county prisoners and fill the beds with federal inmates that bring in more money,” said Judge-Executive Charles Wallace.
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