5 Miss. jails fail court rules

Prisoners rights attorney Ron Welch, who monitors jails housing state inmates as part of a federal court order, inspects jails annually to determine if they will be approved to house state inmates.

The disapproval letters went out to the counties this month.

Each jail was given at least a year and some two years to correct deficiencies, Welch said.

Jails Affected:

Calhoun County, which had been allowed to house a maximum of 22.
Holmes-Humphreys County Jail, which had been allowed to house a maximum 18.
Holmes-Humphreys Regional Corrections Facility, which had been allowed to house a maximum 280 states inmates, can house no more than 250 now.

Pontotoc County, which had been allowed to house 26.
Sunflower County, which had been allowed to house 9.
Tippah County, which had been allowed to house 10.

Clarion-Ledger
6/29/9