Alcorn County Jail passes annual inspection, can take inmates

By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – In documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Greenville, the Alcorn County Jail’s approval was renewed to house state prisoners after an annual jail inspection Nov. 8.

Mississippi prisoner rights attorney Ron Welch and Attorney General Jim Hood approved the filing, which is effective through Nov. 1, 2014.

Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart remains under a reprimand by Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps until he submits a report by Nov. 29, with a plan of action to correct violations that permitted ineligible inmates to have leave for home visits.

Epps sent Rinehart a letter dated Nov. 7, saying transfer of additional state prisoners to Alcorn County is suspended until this issue is addressed and corrected.

Rinehart has said he will fully comply with Epps’ requirements.