Jackson County leaders react to work center closing

Jackson County leaders react to work center closing

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County officials say their County Work Center is the fourth to close in Mississippi, and now they're trying to figure out what to do next.

"It affects our county, the county itself, as well as the individual cities that use inmate workers in the program," said Jackson County Administrator Brian Fulton.

Board of Supervisors President Melton Harris says the closing of the work center will cause the county a whole lot of money to find others to fill the jobs.

"Our county department head said it would require about 28 new employees just for the remainder of this budget year, and that would be about $200,000 to do that," said Harris.

"We relied on the inmate workers to fill some gaps that we had and it really didn't cost us anything, but now with them being gone, we're having to fill the gaps with hiring people to do that," said Fulton.

"We do not fully understand the matter that the state closed them because they say they save money. But out of the 20 CWC's that we have across our state, that's almost $300 million that the CWC will have on counties and local communities," said Harris.

Jackson County will continue to search for answers to this problem.

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