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Taylor jail to begin housing Green County inmates

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By Calen McKinney

The Taylor County Detention Center may soon become home to Green County's inmates.

Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates at last Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting that he and Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield had discussed contracting to house inmates from Green and Metcalfe counties with officials from those counties. As of the meeting, Rogers said, no agreements had been officially reached.

However, Rogers said on Friday, he learned that Green County magistrates voted last week to begin contracting with Taylor County to house their inmates.

Rogers said magistrates gave him the OK to discuss contracts with other counties a few months ago.

Rogers said he has not yet received a copy of the terms Green County magistrates have agreed to and the contract must be signed by Taylor County's magistrates.

Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield said Friday that he has been contacted by the Green County jailer, who has told him he will begin transporting his inmates here on Feb. 1. Benningfield said the contract will include a rate of $27 per day.

He said Green County, as of Friday, had eight inmates but had as many as 18 one day last week. Benningfield said he believes the county will average between 10 and 12 inmates.

Rogers said the proposed contract will be presented to Taylor County magistrates at next month's Fiscal Court meeting on Feb. 10.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.