Hearing Set Over Who Controls Troubled Hinds County Jail

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officers from Hinds County and the federal authorities are set to go earlier than a Mississippi federal choose Monday to argue over who will management the county’s troubled jail.

The Clarion-Ledger reported {that a} listening to is about Monday in Jackson in entrance of Decide Carlton Reeves who is anticipated to determine later this month on whether or not the federal authorities ought to take over the operating of the jail.

The newspaper reviews that attorneys for the county are anticipated to argue that they need to be allowed to maintain operating the Raymond Detention Heart so as to proceed enhancements. However federal attorneys are anticipated to push for the jail to fall underneath federal management in order to carry it into compliance with a consent decree established in 2016.

The consent decree was established to handle “unconstitutional circumstances” on the jail. These circumstances included safety issues corresponding to cell doorways not locking and staffing shortages.

Reeves has referred to as into query the county’s claims that it’s making progress in the suitable route. Reeves stated proof from monitoring reviews would not help that, and he identified that six inmates died within the jail in 2021. Again in November, the choose gave county officers an ultimatum to make the jail secure or danger it being put in federal receivership.

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In December, the county’s attorneys argued that court docket screens hadn’t visited in 18 months so the court docket would not have a present understanding of the circumstances on the jail. They argued that there is been enhancements in medical and psychological well being take care of inmates in addition to constructing and cell repairs in addition to different enhancements.

Reeves wrote in an order earlier this month that screens visited the jail in-person Jan. 24, and stated it appeared “considerably the identical” because it had beforehand.

Underneath a receivership, an out of doors, appointed operator could be introduced in to carry the jail consistent with the consent decree.

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