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Vote for Jackson County jail bond issue

No one really wants to spend tax payers dollars on a new jail. We would rather the money go for a new park or to improve our education system. But on November 4th we urge Jackson County residents to vote for the 22 million dollar bond to pay for a new jail.

The current jail is overcrowded. About 420 inmates are in a facility built to hold 279 prisoners. Unfortunately the trend is that the jail population will continue to grow. The Jackson County supervisors have promised residents there will not be a tax increase if the bond is passed. That's because they have paid down the county's debt so the bond can be paid within the current tax structure.

Some critics of the jail issue don't want the new facility built by the old jail. Instead, they want it built in a less populated area of the county. Supervisors have tried twice and failed to get state legislators to pass a bill allowing the county to move the jail out of the city limits of Pascagoula.

Some supervisors have also pledged if a better location can be found in the city they are not opposed to moving the facility. But, in the meantime the supervisors and the county tax payers have a ticking time bomb in their midst that could lead to federal intervention or even lawsuits if the overcrowding is not fixed. That's why you need to support this bond issue.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager

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