Last Thursday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission saw a continued push by Sheriff Mike Stone for additional beds at the parish jail, albeit scaled back from the original want list.
Warden Jim Tuten said they had re-evaluated and are asking for the trustee dorm only. That would cost about $2.5 million, furnishings and all, he said.
Said Tuten, “We won’t have the final numbers until the bids come in.”
Tuten said if bids were let this fall, then occupancy could begin next summer. The new dorm would be able to house 96 trustee/work release prisoners.
Stone said that the jail pays $1/2 million a year to Ouachita Parish for overflow prisoners, and that money could go toward paying for the new construction.
In other business, the commission re-elected Police Juror Joe Henderson as President.