LP Jail Budget Close to Breakeven

After more than a million dollars siphoned from the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s (LPPJ) Courthouse Capital Fund over the past two years to all but rebuild the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, the facility’s finances are near breakeven, the center’s commissioners were told Tuesday.

Warden Jim Tuten said for the first six months of 2015, revenues amounted to about $2.1 million, and expenses were about $1.74 million. However, Tuten said that necessary capital expenditures will eat up the surplus now on hand.

Needed equipment includes washers and dryers, kitchen appliances, showers, and plumbing drains. Once those issues are addressed, surpluses may be accumulated in the future, it was felt.

Hopefully, said Tuten, the center won’t have to come to the LPPJ for additional funding.

As of midnight Monday, there were 230 prisoners housed at the facility, and 3 prisoners housed at more secure facilities.

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