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Hattiesburg looks at ankle bracelet program; issues water bond

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Jail inmate costs for the city of Hattiesburg are rising, but city leaders are hoping to find a way around that.

Tuesday evening the city council approved an agreement which now pays $35 per inmate per day. To help reduce those costs, the city is looking at yet another alternative to incarceration.

Mayor Johnny DuPree says an ankle bracelet program is being tested, and that would cost about $10 a day. It would be only for non-violent misdemeanor offenders.

The city has already introduced a work program as well a mental evaluation.

In a separate matter, the city council awarded a bid to First Tennessee to provide $3.6 million in financing for water and sewer bonds. The city will soon make some much needed improvements.

Plans call for a water treatment center for the Western part of town to combat the water discoloration that's prompted complaints from restaurants and hotels. The North lagoon will be expanded as well.

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