On Friday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Littlefield City Manager Mike Arismendez joined Tom Collins & Laura Mac to talk about the empty Littlefield prison and its possible uses.

The prison has been standing empty and unused for over three years, and is costing the city of Littlefield $800,000 per year in debt service. The facility was originally built to house youth inmates, but in 2004 the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) moved all of the inmates to another facility, so the facility was expanded and re-purposed to house adult inmates from Wyoming and Idaho, which it did until February 2009. Since that time the facility has stood empty.

Arismendez said he has spent the last 3 years trying to get occupancy into the facility to make good use of taxpayer funds, and to be able to offset the debt service for the facility.

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