Corrections want training school for rehab center

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi corrections officials want to put an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center for about 300 inmates on the grounds of the Columbia Training School.

State officials plan to move 37 female students at Columbia Training School to Oakley Training School within 90 days.

Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps told lawmakers on Monday that his goal would be to hire the 47 employees left from Columbia for the MDOC unit.

Epps said he could open the unit within 90 days after the girls move out.

Epps said money would have to be appropriated by the Legislature for the unit.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,