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Natchez board votes to house city prisoners in county jail
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October 24, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The city jail will no longer be used to hold detainees arrested by the Natchez police when the Adams County Jail starts taking them.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen on Monday approved an agreement with Adams County officials to house city inmates at the jail run by the sheriff’s office.

The idea of closing the city jail and moving prisoners to the county jail came up last month as Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell and city aldermen struggled to save money and balance the city budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

The agreement approved Monday calls for the city to pay the county $30 per inmate per day for housing them. The Adams County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the arrangement at its next meeting.

The Natchez City Jail on D'Evereaux Drive holds three to eight inmates a day, according to Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said. The city jail has 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 supervisors have discussed plans in recent years to build a new jail because of the current jail's aged conditions, but such plans have been cast aside.

Government consolidation advocates have for years been calling for Adams County and Natchez to merge its law-enforcement agencies. City officials have asked Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government to do a city-county consolidation study. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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