Moss Point City Jail to Close

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Updated: 6/02/2014 11:37 pm
The Moss Point City Jail will soon be cleared out. A contract between the city and the county will move their inmates to the county jail.

The Moss Point City Jail will soon be shut down and emptied. Police and city officials decided it will be best to move their inmates to the Jackson County Adult Detention Center because the Moss Point facility leaks.

Mayor of Moss Point, Billy Broomfield, explained, “Because it leaks, it makes it non-conducive for a person being involved for an extended period of time.”

The Moss Point City Jail has a capacity of 26, and city officials say the move to the county jail will be an increase in the quality of life for the inmates held there.

Mayor Broomfield says, “Even though they’re inmates, they’re still human, and they deserve to be treated humanely, and we’re going to do all that we can to make sure that that happens.”

The city jail’s population varies every day, but the change in location will not be a problem for the A.D.C., because their population is less than half its capacity.

Director of the Jackson County Adult Detention Center, Michael D. Wright, explained, “Our agreement with Moss Point will mirror the same agreement we have with Gautier.”

Gautier arrestees are currently held at the ADC. Moss Point’s inmates will be booked at the detention center, but still will bond out through the city.

Wright says, “Moss Point will pay for their medical bills and their food, although we will supply those.”

According to the inter-local contract, the city will pay thirty-five dollars per inmate per day, as well as any other services needed. The change is not permanent. Moss Point is awaiting construction of their new facility.

Mayor Broomfield says, “We’ve been granted the goal for a new public safety facility by F.E.M.A., so within the next twelve months, we should be breaking ground.

Moss Point has not yet moved the inmates. Chief Keith Davis says the date of transport is undisclosed for security reasons.
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