New Alcorn regional jail gets first inmates

CORINTH – The first wave of the 250 inmates to be housed at the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility arrived at their new digs on Wednesday.
The first group of 89 was transferred from the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville, another group of 91 from Parchman will be checked in today and a final group of 70 from south Mississippi will come in on Tuesday, said Warden Chad Roberts.
“I’ve handled a lot of inmate move-ins and this is the smoothest I’ve ever had,” Roberts said late Wednesday. “We haven’t had any problems.”
Sheriff Charles Rinehart’s entire sheriff’s department team played some part in preparing for the move-in, down to the last deputy, Roberts said.
“K-9 officers came and did a sweep before the first inmate was brought in,” he said.
After getting off the bus, inmates are processed with a strip-search, a new set of clothing, a meeting with a case worker and medical staff, then they head to correctional officers where their belongings are examined and they receive a bed assignment.
The inmates were happy to be in the new facility, Roberts said. However, if at any time one of them displays a discipline problem, he has the option of returning that inmate to Parchman.
A public open house and tour of the county operations – jail, justice center, emergency management and so forth – is set for 10 a.m. June 15, where the public can view facilities similar to where the state inmates are being housed.
The state-of-the-art facility is expecting certification by the American Correctional Association, a designation that means the facility is operating at the highest standards.
“We’ll be the only county jail with ACA certification and that’s something to really be proud of,” Roberts said. “MDOC has been extremely cooperative, as has everyone involved with this process. We’re pleased that we’re starting to generate revenue for the county.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.

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