BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam is asking the Justice Department to send some federal prisoners to his jail.
The county has filed paperwork for approval to house federal inmates. Adam says the move could bring in as much as $500,000 annually.
It costs the county $3.3 million a year to run the jail. The Mississippi Department of Corrections pays the jail $20 daily to house state inmates going through a drug and alcohol program there. The federal government would pay $37 a day to house its prisoners.
Adam says the jail costs the same to run whether there are 100 prisoners or 300 prisoners.
Presently about 170 state and county inmates are housed in the jail.
Adam is hoping about 45 federal inmates will join them.