Some Jackson leaders want to reopen old detention center

Mississippi News

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Some Jackson city leaders want to open up more jail space to keep criminals off the streets.

WJTV-TV reports that the idea involves an old youth detention center. It would be reopened to hold people charged with misdemeanor crimes.

Councilman Ashby Foote says opening up more space to hold people accused of crimes would help send a message that crime won’t be tolerated.

The detention center has about 24 cells and a courtroom. The city council is reviewing the idea.

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