Supervisors pick site for new Forrest County jail

After a year of debating where to build, the Forrest County supervisors announced Monday where a new multimillion-dollar jail will be constructed.

The board approved a wooded area off Highway 49Ssouth, just north of the Highway 98 East intersection. It's a commercial area already owned by the county.

The board is under a federal mandate to build a new facility because the current jail is outdated and overcrowded.

Before additional taxes are levied, the board hopes to secure some funding from the state and federal level.

Once construction begins, officials say the 600-bed facility should be completed in about two years.