JACKSON, MISS– In the past year, four Mississippi Department of Corrections Work Centers have closed.
The latest being the Jackson County Work Center in Pascagoula.
MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher says this work center closed for the same reason as the other three. Inadequate staffing, due to low pay because of inadequate funding.
One year ago, there were seventeen work centers. Now, there are just eleven.
Fisher says he will not lay anyone off; he’ll continue to shut down these work centers depending on the budget lawmakers agree to for the 2017 fiscal year.
The House negotiated ways to spend less money over the weekend; saying that agencies could still have to endure budget cuts.