PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Department of Corrections has shut down Jackson County’s work center, the fourth in the state to close in the last year.
The Sun Herald reports the center housed inmates who have for years helped cities and the county with landscaping, public works issues, maintenance and janitorial in exchange for benefits in the correctional system.
The corrections department issued a notice that the Community Work Center in Pascagoula closed Friday “until further notice.”
State Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher blamed inadequate staffing.
Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran has said her city would be hard up to replace the labor the center has provided at no cost to her city.
Ocean Springs had 13 to 16 inmates on the work schedule for Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments.