Failed Hinds jail costs at $1.47M

The county earlier this week paid M3A Architecture of Jackson $320,000 for the project.

An additional invoice obtained by The Clarion-Ledger shows the architect billing another $713,600.

The total for the design plan for the jail is now at $1.36 million.

That does not include other costs such as engineering fees and $150,000 the county paid to buy 20 acres in Raymond for the jail. Those costs bring the total to about $1.47 million.

Concerns about whether the county could afford to run the jail – coupled with the state saying it no longer needed the beds – led to the cancellation of the project earlier this month.