Lauderdale County officials met with the Meridian Police Department Mondy to discuss setting a limit on the number of misdemeanor prisoners the Lauderdale County Detention Facility will accept from the city.
This issue of designating a number came about because Lauderdale County officials and the city of Meridian had documents with different numbers, ranging from 35 to 55. The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to limit city misdemeanor prisoners in the facility to 25. They passed the measure 4-0, with District 4 Supervisor Joe Norwood abstaining from the vote. Norwood suggested the county put in an option of housing a few extra inmates if beds are available.
"I think everyone agrees that housing felony prisoners over misdemeanor prisoners is a priority. This is an issue that this community is going to have to address in the near future," said Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie.
"It's just a difference in management style. There's some wiggle room right there and I just wanted the sheriff to have that opportunity to make that decision and not this board, that's all," said District 4 Supervisor Joe Norwood.
The Meridian City Council still has to vote to approve this contract before October 1st.