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Adams County Juvenile Justice Center on track financially

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Juvenile Justice Center has generated in three months half of the revenue it collected in the previous fiscal year.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors met with Youth Court Judge John Hudson Friday to receive a quarterly report about the detention center. The supervisors last year instructed Hudson that the center’s continued operation would be continent on keeping a higher inmate census and generating operating revenue through the housing of juveniles for other counties.

Since October, the daily census has been nine individuals, Hudson said, and the facility has seen an increase in use from other jurisdictions, particularly Walthall County.

“We are at almost $20,000 in revenue, which is almost half of what we collected last year,” he said.

Board Attorney Scott Slover also said that the judge and County Administrator Joe Murray had recently had some success in networking with other counties about their juvenile justice needs, and that he anticipated the county would see more youth inmates housed at the facility soon.

The board also awarded a food services bid for the Adams County jail to ABL Food Services at the recommendation of purchasing clerk Frances Bell.

Jail Administrator Ed Tucker said the county currently pays $1.81 a meal for inmates.

“With this new contract, we will be at $1.46 a meal, but we are also increasing the caloric content per meal and will have better meals coming to us that we have now,” he said.

In other news:

•The board agreed to contract with Sanborn Map Services for aerial mapping services.

•The board met in executive session to discuss personnel matters.

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