Alcorn and Tippah counties reach inmate housing agreement

CORINTH – Alcorn and Tippah counties have formally agreed that the Alcorn County sheriff will be allowed to house county prisoners in the Tippah County jail.
Sheriff Charles Rinehart asked the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors to approve the agreement to alleviate the ongoing overcrowding in the Alcorn County jail.
Jail capacity in Alcorn County is 32 inmates in the cell block and 16 state inmates in the facility that houses work release prisoners.
As of Thursday more than a dozen Alcorn County inmates were being housed elsewhere: four in Tippah County; five in Corinth city jail; four in Benton County; and one or two in Prentiss County, Rinehart said.
Plans to increase the county’s jail space are under way. Supervisors hope to begin advertising for bids for a regional and county jail next month.
Construction it will take 16 months to complete, architects said.
The new justice complex will include a 300-bed regional jail to house state inmates, 245 beds for county and Corinth city inmates and 60 beds for county work release prisoners.
Also housed at the center will be the county sheriff’s office, Corinth Police Department, justice court, Corinth Municipal Court, emergency management director’s office, E-911 offices and courtrooms.
Under the agreement with Tippah County, Alcorn County will pay $25 per day plus medical expenses and provide transportation for its prisoners, on a space-available basis.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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