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Construction on Hinds County Jail expected to begin in 30 days

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

From busted sinks to destroyed control panels hardly anything in Pod C at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond was left untouched by rioting prisoners on July 30, 2012. 

Now, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors has given the go ahead to complete renovation designs and for construction to begin in 30 days.

"Whenever you have a project of this particular size, the renovation of a jail, then it's gonna take some time. So, we are in the development stages still," said Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Robert Graham.

The project is expected to cost at least $2 million and take six months to complete.

"Approximately $1.4 million will be used from insurance money, and approximately 1.2 (million) will be used from a bond, an existing bond, funds that we already had on hand. So, it's not going to be any additional money that we'll have to go back to the taxpayers and ask them for at this particular time," Graham explained when asked who the renovations would be paid for.

Supervisor Kenneth Stokes wants to close the detention center.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis says he isn't sure what the future holds for the facility but standing still is not an option.

"We don't think anything is full proof. Again, like I said the worst thing you can do is nothing, but with studies we hope that improves the security of the facility as a whole," said Lewis.

Security is a concern. Inmates have escaped through faulty door locks.

Lewis believes the repairs to Pod C will make it secure for inmates, employees, and visitors.

Other upgrades are also possible.

"We're looking at improving the camera system. We are looking at improving the electronic system of the facility, improving the doors, and improving the working mechanisms of the locks," explained Lewis.

Lewis hopes future assessments will highlight security needs in other portions of the jail.

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