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Judge rules for changes at Hinds Co. penal farm

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There are new developments in a story we've been following. A federal judge has stripped the Hinds County detention center of state work inmates.

Sources told WLBT, the Sheriff is already taking corrective action. Wednesday night no one would comment on the record.

In response, the attorney for the Hinds County Board of Supervisors said in a news release, it read in part, "The board is concerned about the conditions at the adult holding facility. Adding, by statute the Sheriff is responsible for the day to day operations of the management of the jail and penal farm."

The statement said lawyers are reviewing the court order and will make recommendations. The ruling states, the Hinds joint state- county work center in Raymond can no longer house state inmates.

The county has 15 days before this takes place unless they come into compliance according to prisoners right's attorney Ron Welch. 

Welch filed a motion making the request after convicting the judge some 100 pre-trial detainees were packed into 4 small holding tanks like sardines for weeks on end. And that staffing at the facility was insufficient.

By law, the detainees can only be kept in the 200 square foot rooms for 24 hours. According to Welch, this action will now free up 200 spaces at the Raymond facility. On the downside, Hinds county would no longer be paid to keep the state work inmates there. The loss of revenue could be over one million dollars yearly.

The order takes effect 15 days from now unless the county complies to reduce the overcrowded holding cells, add staff. No comment tonight out of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.

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