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Vicksburg in talks to cut jail transport costs

Vicksburg in talks to cut jail transport costs

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Vicksburg is fighting budget issues and they want to cut millions of dollars they are spending in prisoner transport.

"We are concerned. It's going to take three to five years to build a jail," said Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs. "In the meantime, our costs associated with transporting inmates is costing us."

The original portion of the Warren County Jail is almost 110 years old and the second part was completed back in 1977. It is no surprise the current jail is outdated and undersized.

"We spent about $2 million in the past two years," Flaggs added. "So, we are going to have to significantly try and reduce our costs."

Because of the limited space, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said only pre-trial felons are are housed in the jail and occupying the full 128 beds as well as the 12 spaces in the holding areas.

"We, along with other agencies who utilize this facility, when we reach capacity, we have to house detainees in other counties," Pace said.

Mayor Flaggs said they utilize several facilities including in Madison, Copiah and Issaquena Counties.

"We tie up two vehicles, we have to pay those counties, and the wear and tear of the vehicles. Also, the going back and forth because of medical issues. There are a number of things that costs associated with us transporting prisoners," Flaggs said. "We have to reduce that regardless if they build a jail tomorrow or in 2020."

Mayor Flaggs said the city is looking at its options and the Board of Supervisors is working to help solve the problem.

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