Forrest County Jail increases food budget

Forrest County Jail is pinching for pennies when it comes to feeding its inmates. 

Monday, the Forrest County Board of Supervisors amended the jail's food budget so the inmates would be able to eat for the next several months.

Sheriff Billy McGee said the board amended the jail's food budget by $125,000. McGee added the food costs have increased by 17 percent, and delivery costs have also gone up.

Mcgee said they asked the board to amend the jail's food budget because they could no longer afford to feed the inmates. The supervisors approved the funds Monday during their board meeting.

"We certainly have to have it we have to feed the inmates no matter how many you have for how long you have them," said McGee. "So, it's just one of those necessary evils with the cost of food and gasoline and fuel on the rise; it's just one of those things we have no control over."

The extra funds are expected to feed the inmates until the end of September.