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Staff recruiting starts for Harwell jail ahead of county takeover

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Finally, after years of Texas Jail Project and community advocates pushing the McLennan county commissioners and the Texas Commission on Jail Standards to hold LaSalle, the for-profit operator, accountable for all the custody deaths and medical neglect, the county has decided to end its contract and take back its jail.

The county has started recruitment for 111 staffers officials expect will be needed to run the Jack Harwell Detention Center when its for-profit operator hands over the reins in October.

For the first time since the county built the jail in 2010, it will be operated by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, which already runs the McLennan County Jail next door.

“This has been in the works for about three years, considering the money and the county’s budget to determine what is feasible for the taxpayers,” sheriff’s office jail Lt. Mike Garrett said. “We have not hired anyone yet, because we are still waiting the go-ahead from commissioners court as they work their way through the budget process to evaluate what we need as we move forward.”


Hoppa, K. 06/30/2019 Staff recruiting starts for Harwell jail ahead of county takeoverWaco Tribune-Herald.

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