- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2020

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Someone’s getting out of the jail in north Mississippi.

The sheriff’s department, that is.

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan for the county sheriff’s office to relocate from the current county jail building to now-empty government buildings across the street.

The Oxford Eagle reports supervisors approved the request Monday. An architect projects it will cost $1.6 million to $1.8 million to renovate and furnish a former justice court building and a former county Department of Humans Services office. Both those functions moved to new buildings last year.

Architect Tom Howorth is recommending that the sheriff’s department be allowed to occupy the former court building in a first phase, saying deputies are “on top of each other” in their current offices at the jail. Later, department offices would move to the renovated human services building and the court building would be used to train deputies and investigators.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History must consider plans to renovate the human services building before the project can go forward, because the building is more than 50 years old.

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