Friday, June 22, 2012

Video tour of the Hinds County Detention Center.

Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and his staff gave the media a tour of the Hinds County Detention Center. I'm going to write a post later but here is the video of the main tour. There will be some dead spots in it but I think more than a few of you will find it interesting. At some points in the video I aimed the camera down so I would not get an inmate's face on camera. Enjoy.

The video starts with the mechanical room door the inmate used for his escape this morning. When we get inside, you will see the grate, buffered with plywood, he used to get out of the holding cell (4:00). We then tour the pods and outdoor mini-rec area. Needless to say, the inmates were more than happy to see the crowd and expressed their pleasure in a boisterous manner. They showed us the broken locks, the lack of cameras, and other features of the facility.


Anonymous said...

You actually let your camera blur and barely caught the camera but you can see it. If you look you will see black dome hanging off the wall.I used to work at RDC and can tell you that there are cameras in each unit that can move around and zoom. The old commander under mcmillian used to watch them at night from his house and come up there whenever he saw something he didn't like. Picou and Lewis saying there is no cameras is a bold faced lie.

anti ignant said...

how's about for starters building 3 rows of fencing complete with razor and electrical wire. Then build 5 lookout towers armed with mini-14's or shotguns with rubber bullet's. Have deputies patrol the fence perimeter in 30 min intervals. True that jail was a disaster from day one, but it seems to me that someone was just lazy and let the inmates take over.

Shadowfax said...

We don't like to think this part of the world exists, or, if it does, that it's safely removed from us.

Anonymous said...

I am not real sure of what is going on. I do know I seemed to never hear of jail escape issues under the former sheriff-at least not like I do now. Pressing concerns need to be dealt with/corrected but the press needs to address the construction of the prison-the construction company, the contract and board of supervisors. It seems that Sheriff Lewis was welcomed by the Supervisors-many of those same supervisors who were a pain to the former sheriff. Let's see if they can work together to correct this problem. Last, Sheriff Lewis seems to have brought in many new people-many from the Jackson Police Department-to do a job in the county that many couldn't do in the city. I would not pay or receive any amount of money to live or place my office in Hinds County.

Micah said...

The former Sheriff Malcolm McMillin would have prisoners escape every now and then. It appears Sheriff Lewis has inherited a problems from the former Sheriff McMillin. I guess a fancy Criminal Justice Masters Degree from Mississippi College didn't make McMillin a good sheriff after all. If Hinds County does build new jail I think the prisoners should not have air conditioning just like Parchman Prison.

Sheriff Lewis said in the video that they are housing MDOC prisoners then the State of Mississippi needs to help Hinds County build a new jail. Making repairs to this jail would be like putting lipstick on a pig.

I don't think the Hinds County Hinds County Maintenance Division could handle a big project such as this. Hinds County would have to hire a construction company to handle big repairs like this.

Anonymous said...

Kenny wants a new jail so that there is not enough bonding capacity remaining available to finish the Byram-Clinton parkway.

Shadowfax said...

8:51 scares me. First, he seems to be cut from the cloth of 'let's blame the prior guy'. Where have we heard that every day for three years? Secondly he hints at the possibility the county maintenance department might be called on to build a jail. Lastly, he doesn't know that MDOC prisoners housed in non-MDOC facilities must be in facilities that meet the same federal (Keady, Rims Barber et al) requirements as those in Parchman.

Shadowfax said...

Kenny doesn't have the mental ability to think forward like that 9:44.

Anonymous said...

Harvey does.

Anonymous said...

As far as the lack of cameras, remember when all those jailers were fired by McMillin? It was because the proof came from the cameras in the jail. So apparently Lewis' administration has removed the pre-existing cameras. And he's (Lewis)so knowledgeable that he didn't even know how many pods there are to the detention center! And if it takes as many jailers to staff a pod as Lewis said, why was it that the only deputies he had standing around him was warrant deputies???? The only "jailer" was the one doing the tour and interview! I think it's time they stopped passing blame and look inside their own current administration!

Anonymous said...

the sheriff has little knowledge of a facility he is responsible for.

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