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Hinds Supervisor calls for state of emergency

HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

After two violent incidents at the Hinds County Detention Center within 72 hours, a supervisor is calling for a state of emergency.

Kenneth Stokes says a study can reveal problems and solutions at the Raymond facility.

The district five representative believes jail overcrowding, conditions, personnel, and inmates having to wait long periods of time before trail are just some issues plaguing the jail.

You may recall, an inmate was stabbed last Thursday during an altercation with several inmates. On Saturday an unidentified inmate died in a jail cell after a fight. That death is being investigated as a homicide.

Stokes says he would even be open to the idea of privatizing the detention center.

The supervisor fears the county will land in court.

"We must reach out and have some outside advisors and these advisors must tell us what we need to do. Again, it's the county who's gone have the liability and with this kind of liability you can easily break the county. You can force the county to have to raise taxes to pay for some of these lawsuits," Stokes said.

Stokes says he's even in favor of hiring another prosecutor if that would help inmates go to trial more quickly.

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