- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections has a new home for the first time since 1976.

The department has leased 40,000 square feet at 633. N. State St in Jackson, about two blocks from the state Capitol. The department previously leased the same amount of space in two separate nearby buildings, including a building on North President Street where Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps had his office.

Spokeswoman Grace Fisher says the agency will pay $510,000 a year for five years to lease the space, plus 175 parking spaces, from landlord Ben Walker. That’s $40,000 per year less than Corrections was paying in its old buildings. High vacancy rates in downtown Jackson give tenants their pick of space.

Epps says the move is an advantage because it puts all 140 employees together.

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