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Is Hinds County taking the brunt of detention center expenses?

HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County is paying millions of dollars to house detainees at the Hinds County Detention Center; taking the brunt of the expenses while figures show the City of Jackson is paying only a fraction of the costs.

Supervisor Tony Greer says,

"Currently we are under an archaic agreement with the City of Jackson," said Supervisor Tony Greer. "We take over 70 percent of their inmates."

Supervisor Tony Greer says about twenty years ago an agreement was made between the Hinds County Sheriff's Office and the City of Jackson that people arrested by Jackson Police were to be held at the Hinds County Detention Center.

"If you dig deeper, you'll find that when you add in medical costs, transportation costs, the housing costs, all the other costs associated with housing an inmate, it's 45 dollars a day," said Greer. "And we only get 16 dollars a day from the City of Jackson."

Hinds County is dishing out more than nine million dollars per year to house more than 400 detainees -- some of whom we found have been there for years, waiting for justice to be served.

Supervisor Kenneth Stokes was on the Jackson City Council at the time the agreement between the two agencies was made.

Supervisor Kenneth Stokes says,

"I was there, and everybody laughed, because we knew that Hinds County did a stupid thing," said Stokes. "But Hinds County thought it was the right thing to do because they thought they were taking advantage of the other municipalities. They made everybody close their jails and they were going to be in charge of housing all inmates throughout this county like they were going to make all the money. But, had no idea the cost would rise. And now they want to change and say, well everything is going up y'all need to help us now."

Greer says the board is working to find solutions, but a change must happen.

"So, we are three times upside down in that the math does not work," added Greer. "So, if you want to make improvements, capital improvements, repairs or whatever, then you have to have the money to be able to do that."

We reached out to Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, but he did not want to comment.

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