JACKSON, Miss. – Hinds County supervisors could be asked as early as Monday to find someone else to run the county’s jails after a grand jury report said Sheriff Tyron Lewis was incompetent to do the job.
Supervisor Kenneth Stokes said over the weekend that he plans to introduce an emergency item during Monday’s board meeting that would allow the board to remove and replace Lewis, who oversees both the Raymond and downtown Jackson jails. According to members of the grand jury, who looked at both facilities, the inmates are in less than ideal living conditions and Lewis is unable to keep the public safe from them. Lewis, at a Friday press conference, blamed the problems on what he called a broken justice system and said his department is doing all it can to move forward to resolve the issues.