Jurors echo past request for new jail in five years|[7/28/06]

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 28, 2006

Citizens empaneled this week as a Warren County grand jury echoed their predecessors’ calls for a new jail and made some new recommendations, including one for increasing the public school share of gaming-tax revenue.

The second grand jury of the year was also the second to say a new jail should be built within five years near the courthouse.

The jurors delivered their recommendations Thursday afternoon following meetings earlier that day with six local public officials including Sheriff Martin Pace and Dr. James Price, superintendent of the Vicksburg-Warren School District.

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A juror interviewed afterward said she was encouraged by Pace’s presentation. The sheriff indicated potential models for a new jail were being studied, she said.

&#8220I know it’ll take a while but at least they’re doing something,” she said.

The recommendation adds that the property should be large enough to provide for: