The Hardin County Jail, which serves as the state's largest detention center for immigration detainees, may stop housing long-term federal detainees if a new contract can't be negotiated.
Jail Administrator Nick Whitmore said new standards put in place by the federal government in 2019 have raised the cost of housing prisoners in the long-term. He estimated new mental health and medical requirements would cost the jail between $100,000 and $150,000 each year. The jail recently informed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement it plans to end its current contract and is in the process of negotiating another - although no new contract is guaranteed. The news was first reported by the Associated Press.