CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County's presiding commissioner is willing to keep the county jail on ICE if administrators can show the county isn't losing money on the deal.
Sheriff Keith Moore opened a lengthy discussion during their regular weekly County Commission meeting Thursday on the budget for his department by stating that ending the county's arrangement to hold U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees in the Mississippi County Detention Center would be "a big, bad mistake."
Moore said holding ICE prisoners has brought in a total of over $6 million over the years.
"I know that's not all profit," he said, but said the costs incurred to hold ICE prisoners is offsetting costs the county would already have to hold its own prisoners.
Moore said if the county ends the arrangement with ICE, "you'll never get it back."
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