Supervisors defeat motion for Lee County jail expansion, sheriff responds

A proposed expansion of the Lee County jail has apparently ended before it got off the ground.

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 11:22 AM
Updated: Nov 20, 2017 8:09 PM

6:36 p.m.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson has released a statement concerning Monday's 3-2 vote by county supervisors to reject a plan to expand the county jail by 100 beds:

Lee County Adult Detention Center

"A year ago, I was asked to serve on a committee to select a site for a new facility. Myself and 3 others completed that task, and we were able to select our current site with a option to acquire the land adjacent to our current facility at no cost. This was done after a study revealed that it was to costly to repair our current facility. This option was presented to the board, and it failed to pass. I was then asked to get with an architect to look at adding 100 beds and repairing what could be repaired. This option was presented, and it also fails. I have completed a 360 trip and still do not have a solution."

Original story

LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – A proposed expansion of the Lee County jail has apparently ended before it got off the ground.

Lee County Supervisor Phil Morgan says a motion to begin design work was defeated on a 3-2 vote Monday morning.

Morgan had proposed the 100-bed expansion at a previous meeting of supervisors with an anticipated cost of $8 million.

He says the three supervisors who voted against the proposal say they did so because of a lack of information.

It’s the second time this year supervisors have rejected a proposal to expand the Lee County Adult Detention Center.

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