Daily rate for juvenile detainees in Alcorn County increases

CORINTH – Alcorn County and the city of Corinth have approved an increase in the daily rate charged to other counties for holding youths at the Alcorn County Juvenile Detention Center.
Sheriff Charles Rinehart requested the increase from $75 per day to $90 per day, to take effect Oct. 1.
“The amount hasn’t been raised since the center opened in 1996,” Rinehart told Alcorn County supervisors when making his request.

Numerous counties
The facility serves several other counties, including Benton, Marshall, Prentiss, Tate, Tippah and Tishomingo, said administrator Shelley Hopkins.
“There are only about 16 juvenile detention centers in the state, so many counties don’t have them,” Hopkins said.
Juveniles ages 12 to 17 are brought to the facility when charged with a crime, although for 17-year-olds the crime must be a misdemeanor. They are given a hearing in youth court within 48 hours, and may spend time in the facility after being sentenced, or be held there until sent to a training school.
The facility has capacity for 16 juveniles, and usually houses about half that number, depending on whether or not school is in session, she said.
“The cost of living and the cost of housing has gone up, and that’s the reason we need the increase,” Hopkins said.

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