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Claiborne County Jail to receive major facility upgrades



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Claiborne County Sheriff Edward Goods (Photo via screengrab from live interview with Marcus James)

On Monday, July 17, the Claiborne County Board of Supervisors confirmed a Memorandum of Understanding has been established with the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, laying out extensive improvements for the Claiborne County Jail. This announcement follows the recent allocation of $225,000 in funding, a supplement to the $80,000 previously granted to procure and establish a state-of-the-art HVAC Unit for the facility.

The HVAC system, set to provide central heating and cooling to the jail’s upstairs area, marks the first significant upgrade in over 25 years, as this section of the building has never before been temperature-regulated.

Sheriff Edward Goods expressed his gratitude to the key individuals who were instrumental in securing the funding for these improvements. Those acknowledged for their role include County Administrator, Ms. Avis King, the Claiborne County Board of Supervisors, Senator Albert Butler, Representative Jeffrey Harness, Representative Gregory Holloway, and Chief Christy Sykes.

The improvements to the jail facility are wide-ranging and include upgrades and repairs to:

  • Surveillance systems – cameras and monitoring systems
  • Access controls and locking systems
  • Alarm Systems
  • Strengthening the perimeter security
  • Facility improvements (i.e., plumbing, lighting, and electrical)
  • Updates to the interrogation/investigation room

The Legislature has appropriated funds to Claiborne County to pay the costs of the Project.

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