DeSoto considers jail for female inmates

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - DeSoto County officials are considering

whether to build a new female detention unit so they can open up

space at the existing jail.

The DeSoto County Jail has been crowded in recent years, and

local officials have been under pressure from prisoners' rights

advocates to reduce the inmate population.

The site being considered for a female detention unit is next to

the county health department complex off U.S. Highway 51. Sheriff

Bill Rasco says DeSoto County has three or four acres there that

could be used for a new female jail.

A larger question of where to build a planned 500-bed jail and

county justice complex remains to be answered.


Information from: DeSoto Times-Tribune,

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