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Hinds County criminal justice system needs 'crucial repairs'

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Some are saying about the Hinds County criminal justice system needs crucial repairs. Consultants from the National Institute of Corrections, after extensive assessments this week, released recommendations that could better the system.

3 On Your Side has been uncovered documents the past several weeks revealing how the Hinds County criminal justice system may need help. Documents proved some detainees have been locked up for as many as seven and eight years, waiting to be moved through the system.

The National Institute of Corrections met with all stakeholders within the Hinds County criminal justice system, assessing it to see how it could improve.

Sheriff Tyrone Lewis requested consultants from the federal agency to come in and assess the entire system. In House Council for the Hinds County Sheriff's Office Dana Sims says the recommendation of a pre-trial council will help the system move more efficiently.

"What that person would be would most likely be someone hired by the Board of Supervisors and that person would act as a coordinator for all the agencies to make sure people are moving through the system in a timely manner and make sure people are not being incarcerated too long," said Sims.

The consultants outlined what they believe is "missing." Under that category; pretrial investigations, risk assessment and recommendations and coordination of services, just to name a few.

Among the crowd was Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Darrel McQuirter, he believes it was critical for the consultants to come in and take a look at the system.


"I think there is a problem on how things are processed though the system,"said McQuirter. "We are all trying to figure out a solution to address the problems in Hinds County."

Official review and recommendations will come out in the next few weeks. If any of the recommendations are implemented it will have to be a collaborative effort on every level of the Hinds County criminal justice system.

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