JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour's budget ax is swinging in several directions but there are two that have caught the attention of members of the state's law enforcement community. Members of the Mississippi Sheriffs' Association say they oppose Governor Haley Barbour's plan to close community health centers and Oakley Training School.
Holmes County Sheriff, Willie March, is President of the association. In a press conference at the State Capitol Wednesday, March said county jails are not the appropriate places for juveniles and the mentally ill.
"..been a long time coming before we have crisis centers built in this state; now to close them down and push them back in county jails is unacceptable to the Mississippi Sheriff's Association," said Sheriff March.
March said county jails are not equipped to deal with the mentally ill and troubled youth could end up back on the streets.
Oakley Training School is the only state-run juvenile correction center in Mississippi.
Barbour's plan came in a budget proposal aimed at helping the state deal with sagging tax revenue.