Friday, May 26, 2023


Hinds County is actually moving closer to getting a new jail.  Sheriff Tyree Jones posted the following statement and photos on Facebook: 

Drone and aerial footage by Benchmark Construction of the site work that is currently underway for the new Hinds County Detention Center project on E. McDowell Rd. This is the beginning phase of the infrastructure phase of the project.



Anonymous said...

KF- where is the money coming from to do this work?

Anonymous said...

Great news but the serious damage to Hinds has already been done.

Since this new jail will open in phases over an extended period of time (as in 5+ years) how in the world does Tyree (or any Sheriff) staff both facilities when they are operating concurrently without substantially growing his headcount? Where's that money for personnel coming from?

Where is the 80-90% of the money Hinds needs to complete this new $125M jail, and doesn't have today, coming from?

David Archie is a nutjob but me thinks he is right pointing out that Credell Calhoun doesn't have a clue.

Anonymous said...

What a waste of money... in less than two years it will be destroyed.

Anonymous said...

I hope it’s huge because it’s gonna stay full!!

Anonymous said...

Hinds County should outsource prison needs to a company with a facility located in a desert area in Nevada.

Anonymous said...

Well I will say that many of us who are not minority owned businesses will not take part in the construction of the future fiasco. We still remember the shit show that occurred during the course of construction of the current detention facility.

Anonymous said...

I know that Birdsong Construction (Jeff Cox) is currently doing 35 acres of clearing and grubbing. I'm not sure what else is in his contract. Birdsong is capable and does quality site work. Birdsong generally does clearing, dirtwork, stormpipe, etc. They are a civil contractor.

Anonymous said...

I don't recall any announcements about an architect being selected to design the new jail or competitive bidding process leading up to awarding a construction contract. I could have missed those announcements, but all of this seems to be intended to create an impression that the county is moving forward on a new jail in an attempt to cuts its losses on spending good money after bad on the existing detention center.

Anonymous said...

I do site work locally and I have not seen nor heard of any solicitation for this work- Can anyone enlighten us ??

Anonymous said...

It is going a little slow building the jail because they have run into some bumps in the road trying to steal money without getting caught. Maybe after this luxurious jail is completed and paid for, we can fix the roads, fix the sewers actually provide potable water. It might be nice to fix the many broken stop lights. Another novel idea might be to hire more cops so the arrival time when needed is less than 30 minutes. Please don’t do real estate updates on home values because this would greatly reduce tax revenues.

Anonymous said...

The new jail should not cost much and should not take long to build. All they need is a front office with a front and back door. The thug is arrested and sent through the front door and walks right out the back door.

Anonymous said...

They need to make sure it is easily expandable, as I guarantee it will be full within 5 years.

I smell Palm Grease said...

Which one of the usual suspects will get the construction nod? (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

Anonymous said...

I've heard the county's board of supervisors say several times that the cost of the new jail will have to be "spread among" the county's taxpayers - meaning a huge bond issue. Wouldn't voters have to approve a big bond issue like that? So far, it hasn't even been proposed, much less put on the ballot. Local news reports tonight put the cost at $125 million for the first phase alone. Actual construction of new jail buildings is a long way off. That's why I think this is all a ruse to get the federal government to think the county is actually doing something to meet the terms of the consent degree covering the Raymond Detention Center.

Anonymous said...

Can’t remember all details but yes the project was bid. An architect is in charge. Bid included site work, etc. PLUS a water well and elevated tank. Someone needs to question all the details!

Anonymous said...

Yes, third party review of specs and construction to prevent repeat of Fiasco Detention Center where flaws and half-assed repairs are endless.

Anonymous said...

How do we know that the taxpayers will get what they pay for? Hinds has gone to the dogs. It’s not run nor has it been run correctly for over 30 years. With that being said there is a clear indication with Hinds having the highest tax rate in the state will be so expensive to own a home or business in that it will backpedal and no one will want to ever locate here again. It’s a losing situation any way you look at it. The jail needs to be privatized and get away from the corruption that is embedded in the county. So, if it was advertised why are so many people asking the question as to how did this project get started without anyone knowing but just a select few? Why all of a sudden did the story appear when equipment is clearing and grubbing and many people were not aware of this? This is a a lot of money to spend just for the first phase.

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