Supervisors Form Juvenile Center Committee

The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors had its first meeting of the new year Tuesday.

The board elected Joe Norwood president and Hank Florey vice-president.

Supervisors also took the first step in considering an alternative to operating the Lauderdale County Juvenile Center.

Sheriff Billy Sollie proposed closing the local facility and entering an agreement with Rankin County to house juvenile offenders.

"We appointed a committee today, and that committee is going to bring a recommendation back to the board," said Norwood. "And we're just looking at this point to put everything on the table and just come up with every question and answer possible, to make sure that we are doing what we think is best for the youth of this community."

The committee includes supervisors, judges, and other county officials.

Do you think Lauderdale County should close its juvenile center and partner with Rankin County?

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  • by Yea, me again! Location: meridian on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    Ok, it is obvious that THIS issue is not about a building, children, the cost, or where to house them. It is obvious that this issue is about...."certain people" being TOLD what they should do for the better of the youth in this city. Mostly young black children. I dont care that it will cost a lot of money. I say that because, this "CITY" has just spent 18 MILLION on a building(city hall)that has nothing to do with the youth, and they are PROUD of it. This city has the money, but it's for "certain things, and certain people" like i have said a long time now....Karma, (well, you know the rest) _____! I can't wait until the DOJ sends "them" all home to RETIRE! oh and I didnt ST ST STUdder.
  • by Macssquirrel 55 on Jan 4, 2012 at 03:13 PM
    Well let's see, how much is it going to cost to house these juveniles in Rankin County? It's strange that you hear one side of the stories but, not the other side. Every time the Grand Jury came back and said the center needed improvements, there were bids put in for those. Guess what? The board of supervisors shot it down. The very people you elected threw the kids under the bus.if anybody is to blame, it is them. What a shame!
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      by lcrez on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:44 AM in reply to Macssquirrel 55
      Because the money is not there to make the improvements that are mandated by the lawsuit. It would be irresponsible to commit to build a facility that we can't pay for. I don't like the idea of sending our children to Rankin County but it seems to cost less to that than to make the changes.
  • by lcrez Location: lc on Jan 4, 2012 at 03:05 PM
    There is no question that most people would like to see this facility stay in our area. Most people would like to see a new expanded facility to be a regional detention facility getting income from other nearby counties. The BIG problem is money. There is no money to build an adequate facility for the immediate needs of the facility. The law suit on the county is forcing the closure of this facility. The people initiating the law suit are in favor of sending the youth to Rankin County. Many of the problems areas have been addressed already but it is not enough for the ones suing the county. The county's hands are tied. They have to invest a lot of money into a new improved facility or send them to Rankin.
  • by Don Location: Lauderdale on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:58 PM
    Although I believe that Rankin county facilities are better and the counseling is better. I think all that will come of it will be better connections for our juveniles to sell what they have sold or better drug dealers.
  • by GG on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:55 PM
    that old school by St pats is empty.... Pleanty of room for a Law Complex... If you can afford it..
  • by cuzzybird Location: meridian on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:11 PM
    Its not just the teachers and the law that needs to do something the parents at the house need to be more involved. The children that are in the juvenile system are the same ones every week that are there. They are not learning their lesson at the lauderdale juvenile. So maybe sending them to rankin county would teach the returning juveniles that it is not the road they want to be on.
  • by Macssquirrel 55 on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM
    Wonder how much it is going to cost per child per day? Why not spend that money and build a new center? It should have been done years ago. It sure was proposed and rejected by the board of supervisorseach and every time.
  • by JON DOE on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM
    Get the parents to run it ? You would have to get most of them out of jail first. I think they should move it because if they know they will have to go away from their family then maybe they will think before they mess up.
  • by tbaby on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    how do you know they would be better off in rankin co.the adult jail system there is horrible.keep the one here and make it a better place for the's done for the adults?!
  • by Andrew Location: Meridian on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:29 AM
    If you can't afford to upkeep the facilities in a decent fashion, it is a need in the area. Maybe some funding going towards something unnecessary can be put into that. Mississippi is fairly well known for handling it's funds in a decent fashion. But it's not right to keep children, especially, in a place that can't be up kept with decent supervision.
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