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DeSoto County coming closer to deciding on jail site

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Officials in DeSoto County are one step closer to selecting a location for the county's new jail.

The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors is about to come to a major decision regarding the location of a new jail site for the county.  The board is set to choose one of three architectural firms for the project, who will then have the task of making the final choice for the jail's location. 

"They'll be charged with conducting site analysis on both proposed sites, looking at the alternatives, and looking at long range needs for the county," county administrator Michael Garriga said.

The two potential choices selected by the Jail Site Committee are a 22-acre site in the Hernando Industrial park, or land located immediately to the rear of the existing jail on Panola Street in Hernando.

DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco has issues with both sites, but thinks it will all work out in the end.

"I feel like once we sit down with the architect and I give him my plans, I think he can come up with the right plan for the situation," Rasco said.

John Walker has lived on Panola Street in the same house for years.  One of the plans would force him to move.

"To tell the truth I'm not pleased with it, because it's more room over there somewhere, outside of being here, because we've been here for 40 years," he said.

According to Garriga, after a final decision is made, it could take anywhere from 18 to 24 months for the project to be completed.

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