STATE INMATES REMOVED FROM HINDS COUNTY JAIL
JACKSON – Hinds County is no longer participating in a program that allows it to house and work state inmates.
Fifty-seven offenders assigned to the Joint State County Work Program (JSCWP) were moved on Thursday, and most were placed at community work centers.
Attorney Ron Welch, who approves jails for the JSCWP, informed the Mississippi Department of Corrections this week that Hinds County had not renewed its participation. Also, the county said it did not object to the removal of the inmates.
Hinds County was one of 26 counties with an agreement with MDOC to house inmates at the counties’ expense. The remaining counties are Alcorn, Bolivar, Carroll, Montgomery, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Grenada, Jefferson, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lincoln, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Panola, Pearl River, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Simpson, Stone, Tate, Union, Winston, and Tallahatchie.
Kingfish note: The Street Committee says the Sheriff chose not to participate in this program due to the consent decree with the Justice Department. DOJ recommended that the county no longer house state prisoners when it needed room for the local variety. Four federal monitors will perform the same monitoring services as did Ron Welch.