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Bladen Co. leaders approve federal inmate housing program that could bring in more than $1.1 million annually

According to information provided to council members, housing 80 federal inmates at the Bladen County Detention Center could bring in $1,635,200 in revenue while that number would increase to $2,044,000 by housing 100 federal inmates.

Recurring annual costs are estimated to be $510,494, resulting in a $1,124,706 net income for housing 80 inmates or $1,533,506 if holding 100.

During Monday’s board meeting, Sheriff Jim McVicker said that the program could begin as soon as the first or second week of December.

A part of the program, the commissioners also approved: the addition of at least eight detention staff members, the purchase of two transport vehicles at a cost of $80,000, the addition of approximately 10 beds, $100,000 annually for recurring maintenance funding at the detention center.

In an effort to retain the current staff and aid in the recruitment of new employees, a pay raise also was approved for detention and 911 staffers. This would raise the current average salary of detention officers from $32,389 to $35,742.

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