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Moving Natchez inmates to county jail increasing sheriff's department workload
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February 6, 2018 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The recent move to close the city jail and put Natchez detainees in the Adams County jail is proving to be a difficult change for sheriff’s deputies.

The addition of people arrested by the Natchez Police Department and sent to the county jail is more time-consuming, especially for deputies having to transport inmates to court and for medical care, said Sheriff Travis Patten. He said the Adams County jail received about 20 city inmates in January after Natchez and Adams County officials worked out an agreement for the city to pay Adams County $30 a day per inmate to hold NPD-arrested detainees.

The move to close the city jail and move prisoners to the county jail came as Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell and city aldermen struggle to save money and balance the city budget.

The Natchez city jail on D'Evereaux Drive held three to eight inmates a day, Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said last year. The city jail had 10 employees. The Adams County Jail on State Street daily averages about 90 inmates, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office website. It has 18 jail employees.

County board President Calvin Butler said the county detention center might need to hire more jailers and renegotiate the agreement with city officials to receive more payments.




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