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Montco to House Lancaster County Prisoners

Though still in negotiations, the arrangement could bring in an additional $600,000 net revenue per year.

In a move that could generate up to $600,000 in new revenue per year, the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners has authorized an agreement with Lancaster County to house up to 40 of their minimum-security prisoners.

Though the per-prisoner rate is still being negotiated, Montgomery County Chief Financial Officer Uri Monson said the agreement could bring up to $350,000 in net revenue for the remainder of this year, which would help reduce the county’s remaining $3.1 million operating deficit. Monson added that the $350,000 revenue figure could nearly double over the span of a full year.

“Per-year [revenue] could be not-quite double that, maybe $500,000 or $600,000, but that assumes full usage of those 40 spots on a nightly basis,” said Monson.

The agreement comes on the heels of a similar deal with the Department of Homeland Security, which allows the at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility at a rate of $74.50 per day, per prisoner. While the agreements are similar, taking on the ICE detainees will require additional staff by means of new hires, whereas the Lancaster agreement can be achieved simply through overtime.

Chairman Josh Shapiro was quick to recognize the efforts of fellow commissioner Bruce Castor, who has sought to make good use of the new space at the correctional facility.

“Maybe they’ll name the prison after me,” Castor joked.

henry eroh June 08, 2012 at 01:36 PM
why keep housing illegals ? just pack them in a truck to the border and dump them on their countries authority- and for prisoner's in prison for murder-start up sparky and keep it going 24/7 only stopping for maintenence and clean these pcs of trash out of prison- in the long run no food no medical- this would saqve so much money- but this country does not have the balls to do this- I don't think there would be trouble finding people to pull switch
Brian Rox June 08, 2012 at 02:47 PM
That's what Nazis did.
Brian Rox June 08, 2012 at 02:52 PM
As far as shipping illegals to borders in trucks, why pay for the gas just so they can sneak back in? Target the real criminals, the employers who hire illegal workers. Make them pay for it.
Tammie June 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
It makes no sense, up in York, they house many illegals. Some of them are caught doing petty crimes, but most of them spend about 2 years in jail to get through all of the red tape, and their own countries putting up a fight so they can't go back there. What a waste of dollars.
Tammie June 08, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Why don't they ship Bucks inmates to Montgomery instead of shipping the women inmates all over the state or bunking them 3 to a cell when they get overcrowded?

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