How does the processing of criminals in Hinds County compare to other counties? Defenders of the status quo in Hinds County argue it is not reasonable to compare Hinds to Rankin or Madison as there are much more violent crimes in Hinds even on a percentage basis. Its a fair point to make and at times is a case of comparing apples to pineapples. However, there is one county where a more fair comparison can be made.
Here is a post JJ published on May 2, 2014:
The Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond has been no small source of controversy since it opened more than twenty years ago. The jail is poorly designed. There have been several disturbances or riots over the last few years. Sheriff Tyrone Lewis argues prisoners are staying in the jail for too long without going to trial. JJ filed a public records request for a roster of inmates and determine how many inmates are in the jail and when they were arrested.Compare these numbers to that of Jefferson County, Alabama. The home of Birmingham. The demographics and crimes in that city tend to resemble Jackson in several ways
The jail is supposed to be a holding facility. A prisoner remains in the jail until a judge adjudicates his case, sets a bond (that he makes), or orders his release. The jail had 832 inmates on March 31, 2014. There were 124 inmates who were arrested in 2012 or in earlier years. 352 were arrested in 2013. These are all prisoners waiting for the adjudication of their cases in some form or fashion.
Year/Number of prisoners arrested
List of inmates and booking dates in Jefferson County jail.
There are currently 1,000 inmates in the Jefferson County jail. There are 127 inmates who were booked in 2013 and prior years. There are 112 inmate who were booked in 2013. There were 14 inmates booked in 2012, one inmate booked in 2011, and no inmates booked in earlier years.
The 2010 census reported Jefferson County had a population of 658,466. The county is 42% black. Birmingham has a population of 212,237 and is 73% black. Whites make up only 22% of the population.