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Forrest County supervisors contemplate plans for old jail

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The 37-year-old Forrest County Jail may be up for bids. That update came from District Five Forrest County Supervisor Chris Bowen, Wednesday afternoon. Bowen said, officials moved about 70 inmates from the old jail to the new jail Tuesday.

Bowen said next Tuesday, officials will move personnel on the fourth floor, and the third floor the following week. Bowen says after that, the old facility will be empty.

So, what are the plans for the old jail? Bowen says one of the options could be putting the jail on the market. The supervisors also have some other ideas in mind.

"Second option would be to attempt to rehab the first and second floor only to be utilized for storage, as well as for some offices, and a holding facility for circuit court cases. The third option would be to take this facility to the ground, or to determine what type of possible county uses we could plan for this facility," said Bowen.

Bowen says the construction of the new jail was required by a federal mandate.

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