"Our main thing is to get out and be a sales type department to get people to bring us inmate for us to house," [Garza County Sheriff Cliff] Laws said. "Right now it's just getting everything in place and up and running."Said the Avalanche Journal, "In addition to housing out-of-county prisoners, the facility has also required a doubling of staff to 28." So Garza County has put itself in a position where a new jail will soak local taxpayers with high staffing costs if they can't find more inmates to fill the 96 bed jail.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Why would a county Sheriff need a 'sales' department?
Have you ever heard of a county Sheriff's department with a "sales" division? That's what's needed in Garza County, reports the Lubbock Avalanche Journal ("New jail brings law enforcement closer," Feb. 22), to fill beds in a new jail aimed at profiteering from overcrowding in other counties: