County Commissioners are reviewing the county budget this week and a big part of that budget is the Lubbock County Jail.
Currently, the county budgets $1.8 million to house overflow inmates at jails in four other counties. That's costing the county $37,000 a day per inmate, so now Sheriff David Gutierrez is looking at temporary housing units where the county could lease beds for $10 each per day.
"We need to put the numbers together to see if in fact it's cost effective for Lubbock County to house prisoners across the street from our current facility on empty lots," said Sheriff Gutierrez.
Meanwhile, the groundbreaking for the new jail is tentatively set for next spring.