Legislative Delegation for JCI

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

Jefferson County - The room was full of Jefferson County correctional officers, concerned citizens and lawmakers.

The meeting lasted almost three hours. The group talked about the economic impact the closure of JCI would have on the community and how they don't plan to give up the fight to keep it open at the Florida capitol.

Correctional officer, Steven Mann says, "We hope to make sure our voices are heard, not just for us that work at the prison, but also what the closure of this prison will do to this county."

And fellow officer, Bobbie Carrol says, "I live in the county, I have for the past 20 years and to go somewhere else that would just be devastating."

The Clerk of Courts, Kirk Reams and the County Coordinator, Roy Schleicher released a break down in numbers of what the loss of JCI would do to the community.

They listed that the economic impact would be $38.2 million. They say the closure would take 6% of the jobs and cause a loss of another $8.2 million in personal income.

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