PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Jackson County supervisors have hired a private company to handle medical, mental health and dental care for inmates at the jail.
Supervisors say they are ending a contract it has with a doctor on staff.
They say two nurses at the jail will have the option of joining the new company, Health Assurance of Jackson.
The $650,000 annual contract covers health care services to inmates at the adult and juvenile detention centers. The company is offering primary care, mental health and 24-hour, on-call service.
Board President Troy Ross has said the move is meant to reduce liability for the county, bring more health services in-house and eventually save some money.