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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102317)-ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S MEETING

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 23, 2017 – THE ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVED SERVERAL AGENDA ITEMS TODAY, MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017 AT THEIR REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING. THE COMMISSIONER’S COURT APPROVED TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF MAKING REVOVATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE ECTOR COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER WITH AN ESTIMATED COST OF 25 MILLION DOLLARS.

(SHERIFF MIKE GRIFFIS, ECTOR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

“THE NEW EXPANSION WILL INCREASE OUR TOTAL CAPACITY TO 1079. THE EXPANSION ITSELF WILL BE 412 BEDS. OUR CAPACITY RIGHT NOW IS 667. WE HAVE 180 TO 200 INMATES OUT IN OTHER JAILS DAILY. SO, IT’S GOING TO BE BENEFICIAL TO US TO HAVE THEM ALL HERE.”

ECTOR COUNTY CURRENTLY SPENDS APPROXIMATELY THREE MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO HOUSE ECTOR COUNTY JAIL INMATES IN OTHER COUNTIES. THE COMMISSIONER’S COURT ALSO APPROVED THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH HALE COUNTY FOR THE HOUSING OF AND CARE OF INMATES FOR ECTOR COUNTY.

(SHERIFF MIKE GRIFFIS, ECTOR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

“WE’VE NOT UTILIZED THEM SINCE ABOUT OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR. ONE REASON IS, BECAUSE OF THEIR LOCATION; THEY’RE A FEW HOURS AWAY FROM US, AND, ALSO, WE CONTRACTED WITH REAGAN COUNTY, AND THEY HOUSED QUITE A NUMBER OF OUR INMATES, THEY CLOSED THEIR DOORS BACK IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR. SO, WE HAD TO OTHER ARRANGEMENTS WITH OTHER JAILS. HALE COUNTY IS JUST A RENEWAL, THEY DID GO UP SIX DOLLARS A DAY PER INMATE. WE WILL NOT UTILIZE THEM UNLESS IT’S A DIRE EMERGENCY.”

THERE WAS CONCERN WITH SOME OF THE ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER WITH ITEM SEVEN ON THE AGENDA, REGARDING THE INTERLOCAL AGRREMENT BETWEEN LUBBOCK COUNTY, ACTING THROUGH THE REGIONAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR CAPITAL CASES, AND ECTOR COUNTY. THIS IS A PROVISION OF COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL TO INDIGENT INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH CAPITAL MURDER.

(ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ, ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PCT. 4)

“WELL, WE MAY BE PAYING TWO OR THREE YEARS, WE DON’T HAVE A DEATH PENALTY CASE. WE ALREADY SPENT THAT MONEY, AND MAYBE IN A YEAR OR TWO WE MAY HAVE FIVE OR SIX, AND IT CANCELS OUT. IT TAKES THOSE WORRIES AWAY FROM US.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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