Pointe Coupee sheriff, police jury at odds over jail funding
NEW ROADS- The Pointe Coupee Parish sheriff is threatening legal action against the police jury if the parish doesn't fulfill its obligation to fund the operation of the parish jail.
Bud Torres says he needs to free up the more than $1 million he's been forced to annually take from his budget to run the jail so he can use those funds to beef up patrols.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/203c9Da) an attorney for the police jury said part of the costs of operating the jail stems from Torres' decision to house state inmates and the parish is not responsible for those costs.
The sheriff says he will keep the courts out of the dispute if the parish agreed to pay his office $250,000 annually for the next four years.