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No More Room for Women in the Golden Triangle’s County Jails

GOLDEN TRIANGLE, Miss.- There are too many women in the prisons in the Golden Triangle. The prisons are becoming overcrowded and numbers keep increasing causing a lot of problems.

Sheriff Eddie Scott told WCBI TV, “For the past few years our jail has stayed at maximum capacity for female inmates, which we can hold up to 12 and it’s constantly full.”

The Clay County jail can house up to 120 inmates. Only 12 of those cells are female friendly. Sheriff Eddie Scott says that the rise of female prisoners at several jails, including his, are in a bind.

Many of the prisons are running out of room, but know they have to put the women committing crimes somewhere. If more women continue to get arrested something will have to be done to the prisons on a statewide level very soon.

According to the Mississippi Department of corrections, the number of female inmates in Mississippi has increased by 1/3 since 2001.

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