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Bill on governor's desk could help financially strapped George Co.

George County Regional Correctional Facility (Photo source: http://georgecountymssheriff.com/) George County Regional Correctional Facility (Photo source: http://georgecountymssheriff.com/)
JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

A bill that could help a financial crisis in George County is heading to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant. House Bill 1788 would allow the George County Regional Correctional Facility to house inmates from other states.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has pulled 80 state inmates from the jail, causing a financial strain for the county, $72,000 a month to be exact. That’s how much the state was paying the county to house those inmates.

If passed, George County would be able to contract with the federal government, any state or any private correctional facility to house low to medium level offenders.

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