- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Lee County supervisors are asking the Mississippi Legislature to ease restrictions that could hamper the county’s ability to build a new jail.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2jZDyFA ) that a state law requires a jail to be within a mile of the county courthouse.

The Lee County courthouse is in downtown Tupelo, and supervisors say they’re worried they won’t be able to find enough land at an affordable price.

They unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday asking lawmakers to give Lee County an exception to the law on jail location.

Republican Rep. Jerry Turner of Baldwyn says he will push the legislation.

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