Harrison County Jail Ready For Renovation

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Inmates in the Harrison County Jail are being moved from their cells. Monday, officers moved more than 100 men into temporary cells as part of a $10 million renovation project.

"We have a lot of things that we need to do here at this facility that we need the manpower, we need the labor force to help us get the improvements done," said Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara.

Sheriff Brisolara said repairs at the building should be finished by the end of the year. And once the work is complete, the entire facility will be a lot safer.

"It's going to allow us to get this facility back up to the standards that it needs to be. Back up to the security levels that it needs to be. So far, 140 of the jail's male inmates have been moved to the temporary buildings," said Brisolara.

Warden Dr. Don Cabana said the buildings are sturdy and secure.

"We're satisfied that these things are going to service us very well. They've been used in many places across the country," said Dr. Cabana.

The buildings are made of metal and vinyl. They can withstand winds of up to 135 miles an hour. And they've been laced with barbed wire both inside and out.

More importantly, the buildings will allow jail leaders to begin planning for the future of the Harrison County jail system.

"This gives us the time to come up with a five to ten year plan. We haven't had the time to do that because we were trying to patch the immediate needs here," Brisolara said.

"We wanted to be certain that when we went back in front of the board this time that we had the kind of solutions that weren't going to require somebody to be back in front of them in five years again, as it's happened before," said Cabana.

The female inmates will be moved early next week. Sheriff Brisolara said they expect security upgrades to the jail will be complete by the end of this year.