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Sheriff Byrd to chiefs: You catch them, you keep them

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Because of overcrowding at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center, the jail will no longer take in National Crime Information Center fugitives arrested through the Ocean Springs, Moss Point, or Pascagoula police departments.

The reason? Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd told WLOX News those agencies have their own jails.

The sheriff said he implemented the new policy to help mitigate the overcrowding problem at the county's adult detention center. Under the new policy, the agency that catches the person, needs to house them.

The only exceptions to this new rule are the Gautier Police Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Byrd said Gautier doesn't have its own jail and the county is under a contract with that city's police department and the highway patrol.

Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis and Pascagoula Police Chief Kenny Johnson told WLOX News they are not in agreement with the new policy.

Both chiefs said they believe the sheriff should continue to house the fugitives, and have already contacted their city attorneys to investigate the legality of this policy.

Sheriff Byrd said he has also checked with Jackson County's attorney who advised him that this is legal.

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