Effort Made to Trim Mississippi Prisons Budget

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps says he's looking for ways to cut $8.3 million out of the $344 million budget for the prison system.

Epps told The Clarion-Ledger that there are several options to save money, including taking some inmates out of county and regional jails. He does not yet know how many, but he hopes to save about $3.2 million that way.

The state pays $20 a day to house an inmate in a county jail and $30 a day in a regional jail.

Epps says he hopes to save $1.5 million by renegotiating medical contracts.

Mississippi's revenue fell 7.5 percent below estimates for the first four months of the fiscal year that began July 1. That's a shortfall of about $111.7 million for all parts of state government.

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  • by Everette Location: Union on Nov 5, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    Here's Ways To Cut Prison Budgets,Get Rid Of Federal Intervention Out Of Our Prison System,Treat The ____ Convicts Like The Criminals They Are,Create Work programs For Them And Work Their Asses Off From Day Light To DarkAnd You Probally Would Not Have So Many Wanting To return To Prison.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Nov 4, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Fire Warden Bart Grimes at East Mississippi Correctional Facility.He do not have what it take to have that position(A DEGREE)
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