Prison buildings could open in 4-6 months

Job salaries upped to $13 an hour
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court’s hopes to re-open two more buildings at its county-owned prison could come to pass in less than six months, if all goes as quickly as planned.
Also, LaSalle Corrections, which operates the Limestone County Detention Center, has more than 30 positions open and just raised its initial salary for certified correctional officers from $10 an hour to $13 an hour. Later, positions in vocational instruction and case management may be offered if a proposed contract is successful.
The court has closely monitored the LCDC as it works with LaSalle to bring the facility back online as a fully functioning prison, which in times past was a source of steady income for the county and also provided high-paying jobs for the local economy.
LaSalle Corrections Chief Financial Officer Tim Kurpiewski spoke at length to commissioners court at its Feb. 27 meeting on new developments at the LCDC, detailing the plan that LaSalle would like to pursue.
The conversation Kurpiewski had with commissioners court took place after an executive session, which is closed to the public, and in the presence of attorney Herb Bristow, who represents the court in matters concerning the prison. Kurpiewski reminded the court that LaSalle has proceeded cautiously with expenditures in re-opening the prison, only restoring buildings for which they knew they had inmates.

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