District 2 Supervisor David Archie proposes new jail in Metrocenter Mall

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Hinds County District 2 Supervisor David Archie has big plans for the vacant portion of the building attached to the Metrocenter Mall. He wants to turn it into a short term jail for misdemeanor crimes.

“At the end of the day this is good space with air condition,” Archie said. “Space that is out of the way of citizens who live in the area.”

He said the city and county need to crack down on misdemeanors, which constantly get overlooked. This will allow accountability. He said it’s also cost effective.

“A brand new facility perhaps may cost $20 million to $25 million,” Archie said. “We’re looking at $1.5 million or less to get this done.”

Archie added that the jail would be discreet. He said if you’re shopping next door, you won’t witness any action in front of the jail.

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