HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County will pay less in healthcare costs for inmates at the new county jail in 2013. A new agreement with Forrest General Hospital reached in December means the county will be paying about 20 percent less in medical expenses beginning this month.
Forrest General Hospital will also provide medical personnel at the jail, which will save the county even more money.
"Forrest General, by helping us, by discounting it has helped us a lot," said Rod Woullard, vice-president of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors. "I just have to say that Forrest General has been a great engine for this county and for this city all the way around," Woullard said.
The old jail was a 150-bed facility. The new one is designed to house up to 600 inmates.