County eyes inmate deal with Jackson

Published 3:43 pm Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Hinds County supervisor says a nearly 15-year-old agreement for the county to house city of Jackson inmates isn’t equitable and should be brought back up for discussion.

On Monday, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to contact Jackson officials about establishing a city-county task force to review the agreement.

Supervisor Phil Fisher says 78 percent of the 903 individuals incarcerated Monday at the Detention Center at Raymond, the Penal Farm and Jackson Detention Center had Jackson addresses.

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Fisher says Hinds County gets no money for housing Jackson inmates, and the issue should be revisited.

Mayor Frank Melton said it is important to him to keep a good relationship with the county. He said he would be willing to put city representatives on the task force to talk about the jail.