Lauderdale County Jail Overflowing

Meridian, Miss. Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie is turning to neighboring counties for help with the overflowing jail population.

Sollie told the board of supervisors Monday that over the past few weeks Kemper County Sheriff James Moore has agreed to take some of the extra inmates off his hands.

Sollie said Moore agreed to take twenty additional inmates and house them in the Kemper-Neshoba Regional Jail. He says it's a short-term fix for a very big problem.

"This weekend, we got up to the mid-330 range. We're not supposed to have more than 290," said Sollie. "We are in term of court, so there's more people either being found guilty, or pleading guilty, and being placed in our facility as felons."

The sheriff says the county is charged an additional fee for every inmate over 290 for each day he or she is housed.


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