Starkville gets more beds at county jail

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE – Oktibbeha County has agreed to provide an extra eight beds at the county jail for prisoners from Starkville.

The Starkville Daily News reports that the city previously had an agreement with Clay County to house 15 of its inmates.

The agreement with Oktibbeha County whittles that number to seven.

Police Chief David Lindley says the new spaces in the county jail will be designated for short-term prisoners, while the remaining spaces in Clay County will be for those serving substantial time.

Lindley says having eight beds guaranteed each night will save considerable time and money.

“(This) should cut our transport trips down considerably, and we don’t have to pull people in on overtime to cover short shifts while somebody is in transport.

“If you look at a round trip to West Point, by the time you get over there, pick the prisoner up and get them back here, it’s about an hour or more off patrol. That usually causes the shift to be short, so it’s really been problematic,” Lindley said.

Oktibbeha County will charge Starkville $30 a night for each bed space while Clay County will charge $35 for each of its beds.