It’s $97.4 Million in debt, but leaders want to reopen the beleaguered Walnut Grove Correctional facility.
Officials in the town say it makes sense to open the facility instead of spending money to rebuild parts of Parchman.
Walnut Grove was closed in 2016 but the state is still paying for the debt associated with construction.
Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall asked lawmakers in September for $22 million to rebuild Unit 29, one of the prison units at Parchman.
Hall says she will defer to legislators on the decision but says either move will be costly.