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Federal Judge Orders Receivership for Dangerous Hinds Jail, Considered Detaining County Officials

Federal Judge Carlton Reeves is placing control of the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond under a yet-to-be-determined receiver to oversee the beleaguered and dangerous facility. Reeves said he had considered detaining county officials due to the dangerous conditions at the jail—and that a new jail would not solve deep-seated problems with management and staffing.

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Hinds Supervisors President Promises ‘Safeguards’ as State Auditor Arrests Three for Fraud

Special agents from the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor arrested Hinds County District 2 Election Commissioner Toni Johnson, 36, and businessman Cedric Cornelius, 46, on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, as alleged accomplices in defrauding the county. An alleged collaborator, Sudie Jones-Teague, surrendered herself at the Hinds County Detention Center on Feb. 22.

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One Jail’s Tale: Hinds County Detention Center At Risk of Federal Takeover  

The jail designed to improve conditions for detainees has faced a myriad of problems: structural deficiencies, chronic understaffing and poor management. But fixing those problems have been elusive under whatever sheriff and Hinds County Board of Supervisors are in elected office at a given time. Now, 27 years later, the federal government may take over the Hinds County Detention Center, wresting control from local officials.

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