Wright County could go deeper into the jail business

For several years prior to the construction of the Wright County Law Enforcement Center, the county spent tens of thousands of dollars a year to board prisoners elsewhere because of a space crisis. Now, Wright County is potentially on the verge of bringing in more than $1 million a year in profit to house other agencies’ prisoners.
Last month, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved opening one of two dormant pods to take in outside prisoners. Less than three weeks later, Sheriff Joe Hagerty said the outside response to reasonably price bed space has been overwhelming.
“We’ve only had the new pod that we opened up for a month and we’re already turning prisoners away from other counties,” Hagerty said Aug. 22. “We were up to 245 prisoners this morning and that hasn’t been unusual.”

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