DeWitt County gets first federal prisoners

CUERO - Federal prisoners arrived at the DeWitt County Detention Center for the first time on Monday.

DeWitt County and the federal government recently approved a contract to house federal prisoners in the county jail in Cuero.

Two dozen federal inmates will now call DeWitt County home. The transfers came from two facilities - 13 from the Karnes Correctional Facility in Karnes City and 11 from the Victoria County Jail.

The county receives $53 per day per inmate to house the federal prisoners. It costs the county $30 to $32 per day to house and feed an inmate, said DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky.

A new 161-bed jail opened in Cuero in 2009. The facility can house up to 48 federal prisoners in one pod with the hiring of additional staff.