After a disturbance in the Raymond Detention Center over the weekend, roughly 200 inmates are expected to be transferred to a private facility.
Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones reports that over the weekend, a group of detainees escaped a housing unit in the jail to confront another group of inmates. The incident was reportedly gang-related.
Law enforcement officers responded and immediately took control of the situation. There were no breaches or public safety issues detected.
In order to prevent issues like these from occurring in the future, Jones and other leaders are working with Core Civic, a private correctional entity, to transfer up to 200 inmates from the jail in Raymond to another facility.
“My office, the County Attorney, and the HCBOS (Hinds County Board of Supervisors) have been in recent talks regarding a contract with Core Civic, a private correctional institution, to transfer up to 200 detainees from the RDC to one of their facilities,” Jones wrote on social media. “The contract was approved during this morning’s board meeting.”
Once the contract is finalized, Jones plans to permanently close Pod-A in the detention center, which houses approximately 150 inmates.
According to Jones, the Hinds County Detention Center currently houses 599 detainees.