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MDOC: Jackson County Work Center could close in January

MDOC announced Jackson County's work center could be closing in January. (Photo source: WLOX News) MDOC announced Jackson County's work center could be closing in January. (Photo source: WLOX News)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Staffing shortages could cause the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) to close more community work centers. According to a release Monday, centers in Jackson, Bolivar, and Yazoo counties could be closed starting in January. Employees from those facilities would go to other locations in the system.

Those centers allow people from jail to also work cleaning the courthouse and roads across the state.

“When I was appointed corrections commissioner by Gov. Phil Bryant, I said my priority was increasing the abysmal pay of corrections employees,” Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher said. “These people do jobs that no one else will do. If we don’t increase wages that leads to retaining staff, there is no question that we will pay a price.”

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said he wants to work with MDOC to see if other options are available, because closing the work center will have an impact on the sheriff's department and possibly taxpayers.

"The workers are considered trustees, who are about to get out of jail. We use these folks on the road crew picking up trash daily. Some of them help us with cleaning the courthouse. If MDOC decides to follow through with closing the Jackson County Work Center it have an impact on us. It's going to effect the way we do things. I would like to arrange some sort of meeting to talk to them about it to see if there are other options available. These folks help get the job done, so we don't have to hire as many people. If we have to hire more folks that's going to put more burden on the taxpayer."

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