Henry sending some inmates to Shelby

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By Lisa King

The Shelby County Detention Center has been home to an average of a dozen extra inmates a day from Henry County for the past three months, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said.

“They were taking them to Carroll County, but Carroll County is full, so they started bringing them here,” he said.

Waits said he and Henry County Jailer Scott Southworth do not have a formal contract.

“We don’t have an actual contract right now, but we do have an agreement,” he said.

Waits, former president of the Kentucky Jailors Association, said he has a similar agreement with Spencer County as well.

But Waits, through the Shelby County Fiscal Court, does have a formal agreement with Anderson County, which housed its inmates in Franklin County until May 2011. The Franklin County Detention Center lost Anderson’s contract after the two jailers had words and decided to part ways.

Shelby gets an average of 50 inmates a day from Anderson, and sometimes more, as well  as about a dozen each from Spencer and Henry. At $30 per day, per inmate, which is what Shelby charges other counties to house their inmates, Waits said that extra income is very welcome, but he thinks that with the Henry County inmates, his detention center has reached its capacity.

“We’re starting to get fairly full now,” he said. 


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