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Detention officer fighting contraband firing

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Hinds county detention officer who was fired for bringing contraband into the downtown jail, is fighting those charges. Jacqualine Jenkins has hired Jackson attorney Dale Danks to represent her.

Jenkins was terminated September 1rst, charged with introducing contraband into a correctional facility. Danks says the Hinds County Sheriff's Department is calling her cigarette lighter contraband, which he says it's not, according to state law.

Jenkins says she also placed her cigarettes along with the lighter, in the gun-box as instructed by her supervisors. The Sheriff's Department is blaming the escape of two female inmates on Jenkins and another detention officer, who was charged with aiding and abetting.

Danks says, "Whoever was handling this matter in the sheriff's office determined that a cigarette lighter was paraphernalia which is ludicrous in itself. If they're going to arrest somebody and charge them with a crime for having a cigarette lighter, I can think of a lot of people who would be in jail today."

Jacqualine Jenkins' case will be presented to the next Hinds County Grand Jury. The Sheriff's Department declined to comment on the matter, because it's an ongoing personnel matter, with pending litigation.

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