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Aldermen approve jail site annexation

HERNANDO — Hernando aldermen have agreed to annex a 51.3-acre site for a new DeSoto County jail.

The annexation petition must be filed in chancery court where there is a chance for residents in the area to oppose it.

Melissa Goucher, a spokeswoman for residential foes of the jail, would not comment on possible legal action. About 125 local residents had signed a petition opposing the jail.

The Commercial Appeal reports the county for two years has been seeking a site of at least 40 acres to relieve jail crowding downtown and to meet long-term justice system needs.

Annexation was needed after a state attorney general’s opinion that the county jail must be within the limits of the county seat, which is Hernando.

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