Quantcast

Update: East Texas county does not have to move inmates - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Update: East Texas county does not have to move inmates

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Read StoriesMost Read StoriesMore>>

  • Woman finds body during egg hunt

    Woman finds body during egg hunt

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:22:36 GMT
    Police say there are no obvious signs of foul play.More >>
    Police say there are no obvious signs of foul play.More >>
  • Missing woman found safe

    Missing woman found safe

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:03:45 GMT
    Charleston Police say missing woman Anna McQuilllan has been found safe and she is OK.More >>
    Charleston Police say missing woman Anna McQuilllan has been found safe and she is OK.More >>
  • 2 people jump from window to escape Murrells Inlet fire

    2 people jump from window to escape Murrells Inlet fire

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:48:14 GMT
    MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - A fire is blazing in Murrells Inlet on Lotus Court, a member of Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire and Rescue confirmed. Fire crews are on the scene working to put out the fire. InformationMore >>
    A fire is under control at Riverwood Condos complex on Lotus Court in Murrells Inlet, Chief Thompson with Horry County Fire and Rescue confirmed.
    More >>
GILMER, TX (KLTV) -

UPDATE: After an emergency meeting with the Upshur County Commissioner's Court, county officials have decided to continue to purchase food for jail inmates using the procedure not up to code.

According to Chief Deputy Bobby Sanders, the sheriff's office is taking steps to get in compliance with the local code.

Chief Deputy Sanders says county auditor Janice Tucker was not present at the meeting. 


Upshur County Sheriff Anthony Betterton said Upshur County Auditor Janice Tucker has issued an order and will no longer pay for food for the jail.

Betterton said it was brought to the attention of a county commissioner that the process for buying food for the inmates did not meet local code. On November 28, the sheriff said Tucker sent a letter to the commissioner's court, county judge, district judge and the district attorney that the county would no long pay for food for the inmates until the jail is in compliance with the local code.

The sheriff said Tucker did not send him the letter, and that he did not learn about the problem until December 3.

"This is Upshur County at its best," Sheriff Betterton said.

The sheriff said there is no way the jail will be in compliance with the local code before they run out of food. Betterton is in the process of working with a couple of East Texas counties about taking the inmates. Betterton said it will be an expensive process and, he said, there is a security issue.

Betterton said the Texas Jail Commission knows about the situation, and it agrees the inmates will have to be moved if the Upshur County jail runs out of food. The sheriff said he is calling for a meeting this afternoon to ask Upshur County to continue to pay for food until the jail meets local code.

"The easiest thing for us to do is work together to solve the problem," Sheriff Betterton said.

To meet the code, the jail must have a bid process for the food on file, although the sheriff said buying food is exempt from the bid process.

The sheriff said he has the money in the budget to continue buying the food, but the auditor is giving him no recourse but to move the inmates. The sheriff said he met with the auditor on the afternoon of December 4, but he said the auditor will not rescind the order.

Sheriff Betterton said moving the inmates would be an unbudgeted expense, and he is not sure how much the other counties would charge to house them.

Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow