Corrections shutting down work centers to cut costs

by Associated Press

Published: April 25,2013

Tags: budget, closure, community, corrections, funding, jail, prison, state agency, work centers

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Four communities will lose inmate laborers when the state closes local community work centers on July 15.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections will close community work centers in Rosedale, Yazoo City, Fayette and Lucedale. Inmates in the centers do chores for local governments.

MDOC commissioner Christopher Epps says it was a matter of money.

Inmates at the work centers will be transferred to other MDOC facilities. Community work centers staff will be offered positions at other facilities.

Epps says a budget shortfall and fewer non-violent inmates eligible to be housed at community work centers are the reasons for the decision.

He says closing the four facilities will save about $2.3 million.

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