June 15, 2024

GARNETT — Two months after bringing in its own inmates, the new Anderson County jail is bringing in revenue by housing outside prisoners.  The sheriff’s department moved into the $5.5 million Law Enforcement Center in August.  Although voters approved a county half-cent sales tax to help pay for the new center, county officials have hoped to bring in extra revenue by housing prisoners from other counties.  Anderson County Sheriff Scot Brownrigg told the Anderson County Review that the jail is now housing five inmates from Johnson County at $45 per day per inmate.  The facility could hold more inmates but Brownrigg said contractors are still working on electrical problems in the kitchen.  He says he is buying some meals from Mid-America Nutrition until the kitchen is fully functional.  He said once the kitchen’s electrical problems are fixed, more inmates will be brought in.

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