By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
IUKA – Construction of a new Tishomingo County jail is on schedule for September completion with domed structures for inmate housing and the central office building well under way.
After architects officially turn the completed structure over to the county, preparations can begin for the move into the new jail, said Sheriff Glenn Whitlock.
“We chose the dome style of construction that would not take a large number of employees to operate, so there won’t be a lot of new hires,” Whitlock said.
The 150-bed jail will house 75 county inmates in one building and 75 joint county-state inmates in a separate building. The county-state inmates will require minimum security and function more like a halfway house.
“They will be able to go out on garbage and labor details picking up trash and helping out at nonprofits,” the sheriff said. “People have tried to compare us to the regional jail opening soon in Corinth, where they hired a bunch of jailers. But we’re nothing like that. They’ll have 300 state inmates who will be on lockdown and require surveillance 24 hours a day.”
The county, working with Ferguson & Associates architects of Jackson, hired CIG Construction of Corinth, which submitted the $5.25 million low bid.
The county was pushed to construct a new jail under court order due to overcrowding, but housing state inmates is expected to remove the cost from county taxpayers.
“What the state will pay us for their inmates – $20 a day – will be used to pay for the entire facility over time,” Whitlock said.
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