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Inmate Trust Fund Purchases Prisoner Transport Bus


Kaufman, Texas – Making use of funding made available by the Texas Local Government Code, Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes announced this week the purchase of a prisoner transport bus.

According to Chapter 351.0415 of the Texas Local Government Code, a county sheriff is allowed to operate or contract out a commissary for the use of the inmates committed to the county jail or to a detention facility operated by the private vendor, as appropriate. The commissary must be operated in accordance with rules adopted by the Commission on Jail Standards, and it must be audited once per year.

Income from the commissary operation and the amount and purpose of disbursements must only be used for the benefit of the inmates.

“Being able to utilize the income that we receive from the Inmate Trust Fund save the citizens of Kaufman County any expense,” Byrnes said. “Times are tough, and we need to save the taxpayers every penny that we can.”

According to Byrnes, the bus will be used to transport prisoners from to court as well as transport prisoners from other counties that are housed at the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center. Byrnes said the bus also will provide for enhanced security and safety of the public as well as inmates who are being transported.