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VOL. 124 | NO. 218 | Thursday, November 5, 2009

Commissioner of Miss. Prisons Trying to Trim $8.3M

The Associated Press

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps says he's looking for ways to cut $8.3 million out of the $344 million budget for the prison system.

Epps tells The Clarion-Ledger that there are several options to save money, including taking some inmates out of county and regional jails. He does not yet know how many, but he hopes to save about $3.2 million that way.

The state pays $20 a day to house an inmate in a county jail and $30 a day in a regional jail.

Epps says he hopes to save $1.5 million by renegotiating medical contracts.

Mississippi's revenue fell 7.5 percent below estimates for the first four months of the fiscal year that began July 1. That's a shortfall of about $111.7 million for all parts of state government.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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MORTGAGES 0 214 11,160
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 1,301
BUILDING PERMITS 0 474 22,646
BANKRUPTCIES 0 271 6,490
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 49 4,130
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 49 3,068
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 39 2,165