The McCracken County Jail reportedly saved the county $74,000 by buying and equipping two Dodge Durangos with non-taxpayer dollars raised from proceeds from commissary funds.
The jail need to buy two vehicles because two of the jail's vehicles were not suitable for inmate transport, and jail employees had trouble getting inmates to federal court, doctors' visits and various programs.
The county is required to purchase vehicles for its duties. However, due to the county's $900,000 budget deficit, the jail chose to buy the vehicles with commissary funds. Jailer David Knight said the vehicles are essential to the operation of the jail because the jail has increased in population by about 80 inmates since the start of 2019.
The vehicles were open to public bid. Knight said only one dealer replied with a qualifying bid and was able to deliver the vehicles within two days.