Some Desoto residents unhappy about location of proposed jail

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Just when you thought the controversy in Hernando over the new location for the DeSoto County jail was over, it's taking another twist.

The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors recently made its choice for a new jail facility and started negotiations, but affected and concerned residents want a say in the matter.  

"I'm not real excited about the prospect of people using our streets to go in and out of the jail facility with criminals around the corner," said Melissa Goucher, who lives near the proposed facility.

At issue is the Harris property, of which the county wants to use 51 acres to build a new jail.  Currently, the land is not within the city limits, and would need to be annexed by the Hernando Board of Alderman.

Goucher, a mother, says there should be no compromise for safety regardless of money.  

'You can't put a price on the safety and well being of a neighborhood," she said.

Kelly Medlin, another long-time resident of the area, is also opposed to the proposed location.  Medlin came face-to-face with a jail escapee in April.

"I was terrified," she said. "Wouldn't anyone be? That's why I'm opposed to this vote and a 1000 bed jail."

Hernando's Board of Alderman is scheduled to meet Tuesday, where residents are invited to voice their opinions on the jail's location.

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