My Turn: Grand Jury Report on Hinds County Jail - - Jackson, MS

My Turn: Grand Jury Report on Hinds County Jail

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
The Hinds County Grand Jury has inspected the Hinds County jail and recommends that it operations be removed from Sheriff Tyrone Lewis' supervision. 

Sheriff Lewis blames the justice system. Former Sheriff Malcolm Macmillan blamed the former Hinds County Board of Supervisors.  So who is to blame?  They all are. 

The former Hinds County Supervisors squandered enough money on bad contracts like the one with Airwave to have fixed the physical problems.  The County Judicial system is so cumbersome that inmate's trials are delayed for years in some cases. Sheriff Lewis hasn't been able to take control of the inmates. 

As much as it pains me, I have to agree with Hinds County Supervisor Kenney Stokes when he suggested contracting with a private management company. 

All the branches of Hinds County government have failed the taxpayers.   It's time to privatize the county jail.  Just don't cut any backroom deals!

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