On Friday, June 6, Moss Point moved inmates from the Moss Point facility to the Jackson County Adult Detention Center. The move marks the first move in the city’s expansion project. Moss Point will begin working on their new jail facility as early as the summer of 2015.
The inmates shuffled slowly from the Moss Point Jail and into a Gautier Police van. The van brought five inmates to the Jackson County Adult Detention Center (A.D.C.) so the Moss Point Jail could shut down. Police and city officials decided the jail was no longer inhabitable for inmates. Police and city officials are building a new jail facility as part of a city expansion project.
Pertaining to the expansion project, Mayor of Moss Point, Billy Broomfield says, “We’re excited about the opportunity to have a new public safety facility, which will complement the city hall, a new fire station, and a number of other things that we’re going to do in terms of economic development and infrastructure improvements in the city of Moss Point.”
Within a year, the city plans to break ground on the new jail site.
Mayor Broomfield says, “We’ve been granted the goal for a new public safety facility by F.E.M.A., so within the next 12 months, we should be breaking ground.”
While the current jail can handle the number of inmates coming in each day, living conditions were no longer safe for inmates and staff. Broomfield explains, “It leaks when it rains—and the condition, because of the age of the building, is just not conducive to housing people here. And in my opinion, it doesn’t matter if you were arrested for a crime, you’re still a human being, and you have a right to be treated humanely.”
As Moss Point inmates are moved to the Jackson County A.D.C., it adds another reason to why the expansion project in Moss Point is so important.
John McKay of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors says, “The justice department had been watching us for years because of the overcrowding situations, and it’s an old worn-out jail. It wasn’t safe for the inmates. It’s not safe for the people that operate the jail, our people out there, or the security people.”
Gautier already sends their city inmates to the Jackson County A.D.C., and now with Moss Point temporarily sending inmates there as well, the Jackson County A.D.C. will see even more growth.
The expansion project will ensure inmates and staff have a clean safe living and working environment.