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,