SEC. 19-25-73. Feeding of prisoners; alternative methods of funding.
(1) In respect to the feeding of prisoners by the sheriff's office, the board of supervisors is authorized to choose one (1) of the following methods:
(a) It shall only contract with a local caterer or restaurant owner to bring in food for the prisoners, and the contract shall be awarded after taking bids as provided by law for other county contracts.
(b) The sheriff shall purchase, in the name of the county, all necessary food and related supplies to be used for feeding prisoners only in the county jail. All purchases of such food and supplies shall be invoiced to the county and placed on the claims docket of the board of supervisors for disposition in the same manner as all other claims against the county. All wages and other compensation for services rendered to the sheriff in connection with the feeding of prisoners shall be submitted to and approved by the board of supervisors as other wages or compensation paid to employees of the sheriff. The total expenditure for such purpose under this method shall not exceed an amount equal to Six Dollars ($6.00) per day per prisoner, except as provided in subsection (3) of this section. All payments and reimbursements from any source for the keeping of prisoners shall be received and paid into the general fund of the county.
(c) The board of supervisors may negotiate a contract with the board of trustees of the local public community hospital to bring in food for the prisoners.
(2) The board of supervisors may authorize the sheriff to maintain a bank account entitled "jail food allowance account" into which shall be deposited all receipts for feeding and keeping prisoners in the county jail, including payments from the board of supervisors at the rate of Six Dollars ($6.00) per prisoner per day and all such receipts from municipalities, the United States and any other jurisdictions required to pay the cost of feeding or keeping prisoners contained in the jail. He shall maintain a receipts journal and a disbursements journal, in a form to be prescribed by the State Department of Audit, which will provide the information necessary to determine the actual cost of feeding the prisoners, which shall not exceed Six Dollars ($6.00) per prisoner per day, except as provided in subsection (3) of this section. All costs and expenses for such feeding shall be paid from the jail food allowance account and supported by properly itemized invoices. Any funds accumulating in the jail food allowance account in excess of the monthly average expenditures, plus ten percent (10%) for contingencies, shall be paid into the county general fund at least once each calendar quarter.
(3) In the event that prisoners are housed in the county jail by any political subdivision of the state, the county may charge the political subdivision for housing, feeding and otherwise caring for such prisoners an amount not to exceed the payments provided under Section 47-5-112, Mississippi Code of 1972, for the keeping in the county jail of persons committed, sentenced or otherwise placed under the custody of the Department of Corrections. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect payments by the Department of Corrections set by Section 47-5-112, Mississippi Code of 1972, for the keeping in the county jail of persons committed, sentenced or otherwise placed under the custody of the Department of Corrections.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 4259.5; Laws, 1972, ch. 463, Sec. 1; 1976, ch. 457, Sec. 1; 1979, ch. 481; 1982, ch. 337; 1991, ch. 460, Sec. 1, eff from and after July 1, 1991.