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Sheriff outlines jail issues after another escape

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis gave the media a detailed tour of the Hinds County Detention Center Friday following another inmate escape.

Frederick Destache escaped from the jail in Raymond early Friday morning and was captured about 30 minutes later at a Shell station on Highway 18 after a struggle with deputies, the sheriff said.

Destache, who is from Byram, was arrested Thursday on charges of falsely reporting a bomb.

Friday afternoon, Sheriff Lewis outlined the problems at the facility to the media.

The sheriff said it's his office's responsibility to staff the jail, but the County Board of Supervisors and the county maintenance department are responsible for the upkeep.

"Until this is fixed, or until we come up with a proper solution, were going to continue to have these issues, which poses a serious concern for me as a Sheriff, for the safety of the workers of this facility, the safety of the inmates, and the safety of the public," says Lewis.

Lewis said the deficiencies presented to the board in January, including 30 doors being broken, have not been addressed.

He said it will take a million dollars or more to fix the issues at the jail and until they are fixed there will continue to be escapes.

"We have a command staff that can run a jail," Lewis said. "We just need a jail to run."

Lewis says county maintenance crews have not properly handled the upkeep of the building. Lewis says, "They have not been consistent, some days they come to work, some days they don't."

He went on to say there is a staff shortage and training issue for the jailers.

The facility is also nearly 200 inmates above capacity.

Lewis says he's considering asking municipalities like Jackson Police to help contribute to the cost of running the jail, where they house their inmates for free.

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