JACKSON, MS – First the Department of Justice revealed their shocking discoveries behind the Hinds County jails and now the feds are negotiating with county leaders on ways to improve their detention center and downtown jail.
The DOJ is calling for better trained detention officers and more. It’s all laid out in their second DOJ report which is 57 pages long.
That report includes physical maintenance to both the Raymond detention center and then the downtown Jackson jail. In May, the DOJ criticized the county, citing unsanitary jail cells as well as harsh practices with inmates.
The proposed agreement requires a set number of detention officers in each section of the jail and if there is a prisoner death, riot, escape or a prisoner held past their release date, it all must be reported to the DOJ.
With all of these changes, Supervisor Robert Graham is worried about the newly set budget. He says:
“One of the things that I’m worried about is basically at this particular point is how much money this is going to cost. As you know we just approved our budget and we don’t know if it’s going to cost additional funds. I’m assuming it will because we’re going to have to do things that we wouldn’t ordinarily have to do. Basically we’re start over.”
According to the DOJ, the county has 49 days to adopt planned improvements, but because of the county’s past cooperation that deadline is flexible.
WJTV reached out to Sheriff Tyrone Lewis about the report, but he did not want to comment.