The Kentucky Jailers Association recently asked the state to not renew its contract with the Marion Adjustment Center due to dropping state inmate numbers at local jails—but that request has been denied so far.
Todd County Jailer Greg Allen says the the private prison contract was brought up at the Kentucky Jailers Association meeting earlier this month, but the state says they expect to see an influx of state inmates at county jails in the coming weeks.
County jails rely on the state paying them to house state inmates to stay financially viable and Allen says the population drop has been significant across Kentucky. In Todd County, there are now 53—down by just over 30 from a year ago.
Allen says he's contacted officials in Tennessee looking for other options, but hasn't had any luck so far.
Arkansas is experiencing a jail over-crowding problem and inmates from that state are an option, but Allen says there would have to be a group of jails in western Kentucky willing to take a large group for Arkansas to justify the cost of transport.