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  • mcprison mcprison Feb 16, 2001 12:07 PM Flag

    Texas contract in question 1

    The Dallas Morning News

    February 15, 2001, Thursday

    SECTION: ARLINGTON MORNING NEWS; NEWS; Pg. 1A

    LENGTH: 863 words

    HEADLINE: Boot camp contract may not be renewed;
    Bid to operate facility called deficient

    SOURCE: Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News

    BYLINE: Bob Schober

    BODY:
    Tarrant County judges indicated Wednesday they are poised to reject a bid from Correctional
    Services Corp. to renew its operating contract for the Mansfield boot camp.

    Also on Wednesday, a judge placed a boot camp inmate who had to be resuscitated with his mother
    until he undergoes a drug assessment and until further details of his medical condition are known.

    State District Judge George Gallagher said Wednesday Correctional Service's bid, as well as another
    bid, were "deficient."

    "The way I see it, just on the preliminary bids, neither one of them is going to be acceptable," said Judge
    Gallagher, who chairs the three-judge budget committee of the county's probation department. The
    committee is reviewing the contracts to manage the 370-bed facility. Existing contracts expire on Aug.
    31.

    James Slattery, chief executive of Florida-based Correctional Services Corp., was not available for
    comment, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday. She also said corporation officials "have not
    received any information, so we cannot comment."

    In the absence of an acceptable bid, judges must decide whether to close the facility, run it themselves or
    locate a different program at the facility, officials said.

    The budget committee will present the financial options to a full 19-judge panel that eventually will make
    the final decision.

    The panel's decision could hinge on the willingness of state legislators to provide additional funding for
    the facility.

    Judge Gallagher estimated that at least $ 6 million in state funding would be needed to operate the boot
    camp.

    "The alternative is to try to run it, and beg, borrow and steal money from the Legislature," Judge
    Gallagher said.

    State Sen. Chris Harris, R-Fort Worth, vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Tarrant
    County receives state funding for correctional services by the same formula as other counties.

    He said the committee is awaiting a report from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice detailing how
    the county spends its funds.

    "I need to see that report before I can make any decision," Mr. Harris said Wednesday. "And if we are
    going to locally run it, I'd like to see a blueprint on how it will be operated."

    Operating the facility, its boot camp and substance abuse recovery programs would cost between $ 62
    and $ 69 per bed, per day, for an annual cost of $ 8.3 million to $ 9.3 million at capacity, Mr. Gallagher
    said.

    A boot-camp only facility would cost between $ 59.57 and $ 67.80 per bed, per day, according to Jim
    Sinclair, assistant director of the Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department.