City and county brace for loss of inmate labor
By JAMIE PATTERSON
Yazoo County and Yazoo City will lose state inmate labor this summer because of budget shortfalls and fewer non-violent inmates.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections announced last week that it is planning to close four of its 17 community work centers on July 15.
The Yazoo County Community Work Center, located on Jefferson Street, is included in the upcoming closures.
The announcement has both city and county leaders concerned about a variety of departments that heavily use state inmate labor.
“Inmates are a vital part of our operation,” said Mayor McArthur Straughter. “We are going to have to figure something out. We will have to bring people on board to pick up the slack.”
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