Changes at Floyd County Jail to save the county thousands of dollars

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Floyd County currently sits in nearly 500,000 dollars of debt, something officials are working to overcome. Judge Executive R.D. "Doc" Marshall says, "We are searching every avenue." One of those avenues...inside the jail.

Jailer Cheyenne McKinney says, "There are really only two ways you can save money at a jail, that being food and medical."

The Floyd County Fiscal Court recently approved a deal that will allow the jail to contract out both food and medical services. Officials say by doing this the county will save at least 200,000 dollars each year.

The jail will now pay a set price each month to Broadwell Food Service, saving between 50 and 70 thousand a year. Broadwell will provide all of the food, which will meet all required nutritional codes and standards, while also providing employment of those who prepare the food.

Medically, the jail currently has a nurse working 12 hours a week. In six months the jail spent 167,000 dollars on healthcare services.

Judge Marshall says, "That is understandable. When people are incarcerated they come in with medications and medications and develop problems that have to be addressed."

However, they say it is one of the county's largest expenses and one that can be minimized.

The medical expense will now be cut in half....paying 123,000 dollars each year. Which is less than the 167,00 dollars they paid for a six month period.

McKinney says, "They will assume all medical liabilities for the jail. We will have a nurse at the jail five days a week...on call 24 hours a day, with a doctor on call to that nurse 24 hours."

Officials say this is not only a way to save the county thousands but it also improves their jail.

Judge Marshall says, "I just wish that we had done this several years ago."

Southern Health Partners will take over medical services in February. The new food service begins February 14th.

Another way the Floyd County Fiscal Court is making up some of that debt is by auctioning off several pieces of equipment and vehicles.

The auction took place Saturday morning at the county garage. Thirteen items were up for auction.

The county also plans to sell two pieces of property, including the Martin Community Center.

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