Who's ready to take control of the Hinds County Jail? - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Who's ready to take control of the Hinds County Jail?

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - One Hinds County supervisor wants to go ahead and find someone ready to take control of the county jail in the wake of a revealing grand jury report. Supervisor

Kenneth Stokes plans to introduce an emergency item during tomorrow's board of supervisors meeting.

He says they would be looking for submissions on prospects to manage and operate the jail.

The Raymond and downtown facilities are already controlled by Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis.

A grand jury report on the downtown jail recommended that Lewis no longer be in charge of either.

"It's alarming. I'm talking about, you've got inmates walking in and out like -- the example I used is like Otis on Andy Griffith. I mean, if you in jail, how in the world are you just walking in and out and doing the things that you're doing in jail? There's got to be better leadership of the jail," said Stokes.

Whether or not a circuit court judge has the authority to remove the jail from Lewis' control remains to be seen, though.

Legal experts say the move would likely be unprecedented in Mississippi.

Sheriff Lewis said Friday that the criminal justice system is to blame for the overcrowding which led to many of the facilities' problems.

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