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Supervisor Stokes: Detention center could be a liability

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes has been outspoken about the Raymond Detention Center and says a new jail should be built.

Stokes said supervisors should have already stepped in to make some tough decisions.

"If a person is hurt in that jail, we have to pay. If a person is killed in that jail, we have to pay. So, I think liability is the main issue that the board of supervisors needs to consider," Stokes said.

"If we have to pay millions of dollars because a person is hurt at the jail, then that means no raises for employees. That means the possibility of layoffs of employees, that means a whole lot of negative things for the county," Stokes explained.

"We cannot let the jail sink the county," Stokes added.

The Jackson Police SWAT team was called to the detention center in Raymond today to assist in a disturbance.

 Stokes says the county should even be open to privatizing the current jail.

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