College Station will now pay Brazos County to house inmates

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The new College Station Police Headquarters should be completed by February 2020, but the new building will not include a holding facility.

On Tuesday, an agreement to house College Station inmates at the Brazos County jail passed through the Commissioners Court.

"Holding facility, unfortunately, is one of the most expensive portions of the building to construct because of the security concerns. So during that iteration, the jail was backed out of the design," said Assistant Police Chief Chuck Fleeger with the College Station Police Department.

If you're arrested in College Station you get booked into the College Station Jail. People with Class C misdemeanors stay at the holding facility and see a city court judge. People with more serious charges are transported to Brazos County.

In 2019, the holding facility will cost $716,711 to operate. In 2018, the jail logged 2,477 inmates which cost $288 per night.

Soon, they'll instead pay Brazos County $55 a night per inmate.

"There's always a benefit to recovering some of our costs for our operations," said Wayne Dicky, Jail Administrator at the Brazos County Jail.

It's essentially a new way of doing business. Now College Station police officers will be driving directly to Brazos County when they arrest someone.

"I think that there are benefits and challenges with the change but ultimately it will allow College Station to get out of the jail business so to speak and I think it will be a good thing," said Dicky.

It also means 11 people will move to new jobs within the city. Fleeger says these decisions mean taxpayers could be paying less.

"We don't have the overhead for a jail, the facilities itself, and we're transitioning the 11 personnel into other capacities either internally with in the city or they've decided to explore other options," said Fleeger.

There's no set timetable for when the new process will start.