Forrest County Chief Jailer Charles Bolton says he would like to see a new jail under construction within a year.
Leaders from Forrest County, Hattiesburg, and Petal met this week on when, where, and how to construct a jail big enough for the future. Bolton says he would like to build a facility that could house about 300 inmates, but officials are still only in early talks with architects.
Bolton says the current lockup has reached its limits.
No word yet as to how much a new facility would cost.