Corrections shutting down work centers to cut costs
Published: April 25,2013
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.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- HUNTER ARNOLD: Mississippi, Gulf Coast states focus on global business markets
- Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season
- JOSH MABUS — Mississippi’s Healthcare: Not a quality problem, a marketing problem
- Ridgeland property rights tussle is expected to have wide impact
- AWAITING ITS FATE: Gables complex may have to shrink to meet law
- Starkville's Cotton Mill Marketplace hotel breaks ground Wednesday
- Two new casinos like the odds on Mississippi Gulf Coast
- PHIL HARDWICK: When will Mississippi change its culture?
- DAVID DALLAS — Roger Wicker: Profile in discouragement