Stone County Correctional Facility at risk of closing
By Caray Grace| April 7, 2016 at 1:48 AM CDT - Updated July 24 at 9:42 PM
STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX)
The Mississippi Department of Corrections pays regional correctional facilities almost $30 per day to house inmates. When MDOC took 80 inmates away from the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility, it amounted to a loss of $72,000 - per month.
Now, Warden Dwain Brewer doesn't know if the facility will be able to keep the doors open.
"It's a big financial problem when you lose $72 - 73,000 a month. You can't overcome that," said Brewer.
Brewer says he received a phone call from MDOC notifying him they were cutting the facility down to the minimum number of inmates, 200.
"Well, we can't make it on 200 inmates," said Brewer.
Since then, Brewer has had to cut five full-time employees. The warden still doesn't understand why so many inmates were transferred.
"MDOC has not told us anything. And then, that's one of the things I was a little bit disappointed in," added Brewer. "That they didn't tell us why they were taking the inmates."
Stone County Board of Supervisors say they have explained to Brewer they cannot afford to make up for the $70,000 plus short-fall that has been created. If they don't recoup the money through tax increases, shutting down is a possibility.
"I know they've mentioned shutting down. I don't really see that as an option," said Brewer.
Brewer says the jail is one of the best things that has happened to Stone County. Over the years, they have remodeled and added on through inmate labor; which hasn't cost the county a dime.
"The regional is a great concept, and from the beginning, I would sure hate to see it end like this. Like I said, I just don't know what's going to happen," said Brewer.