County Judge: Two units at Reeves County Detention Center to be closed indefinitely

Published: May. 26, 2017 at 7:37 PM CDT
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Reeves County officials report over a hundred employees will lose their jobs at Reeves County Detention Center as of July 31st.

According to a release from County Judge W.J. Bang, Units 1 and 2 will be closed after July 31st.

The judge cites the loss of a contract with The Bureau of Prisons.

That contract which is for housing up to 3600 inmates, was instead awarded to the GEO Group, Inc. for their two Big Spring units.

In a statement, the judge claims that Reeves County will seek different contracts for detention services but doesn't anticipate being awarded any sooner than 18-24 months from now.

As for RCDC employees, the judge states their contracts expire on July 31st for Units 1 and 2, but they could remain employed for another year as a bridge contract is under negotiation to allow time to relocate inmates.

He added, "Reeves County and the staff of the RCDC Units must confront the possibility that all current employees will no longer have employment by the end of the bridge contract, but the prospect of ramping back up should the county be fortunate enough to land new contracts under the new Solicitation 19.