Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson says the governor's doomsday budget is concerning for his department.
The plan would cut $40,000,000 from the Department of Corrections' budget, forcing sheriffs to send state prisoners back to facilities.
Sheriff Gibson says those inmates do work around the parish, and if they have to send them back, they'll have to spend money hiring people to do the jobs.
"Our jury just came back from being in a very, very bad shape, and it's still not out of the woods, but it's at least climbing into better waters," said Gibson. "What we're trying to do is just hoping our legislators and governor work through these ordeals and allow us to continue working the same way we have with our DOC prisoners."
Governor Edwards says he's confident that the doomsday budget won't become a reality.
"No one should be surprised. Nobody is engaging in scare tactics. We just have a challenge before us that we have to fix. And when we do, we are going to have long-term prosperity ahead of us in Louisiana. We are going to have the stability and predictability that we've needed for a very long time," Edwards said. "And I'm going to predict that the state is going to be much better off going forward. We are already much better off than we were two years ago."