The Essex County Sheriff's Department is receiving praise from the U.S. Marshals for their handling of federal prisoners.
Since 2008, the Essex County Jail has housed more than 800 federal prisoners awaiting sentencing for the Vermont District Marshal Service which covers Northern New York, Vermont and New England.
The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reports the marshals have named Essex County one of the top two prisons among the 15 they work with in the region for their professionalism, organization and support of the operation.
The sheriffs receive a payment for each federal prisoner, which helps pay for the $30 million building.