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MDOC halts sending inmates to Alcorn County

Facility houses city, county, and State inmates
Facility houses city, county, and State inmates
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Updated: 11/13/2013 2:41 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Department of Corrections has temporarily stopped sending inmates to the Alcorn County Regional Jail.

In a letter from Commissioner Chris Epps to Sheriff Charles Rinehart, he says the facility violated state law and corrections regulations by allowing state inmates to leave the jail on passes.

Epps says the inmates were allowed the leave by the order of Rinehart.

State corrections officials have ordered the regional jail to stop the practice and implement a program to see that it does not happen in the future.

Epps is asking county officials to provide details of the changes in writing to the Mississippi Department of Corrections no later than November 29.

Epps letter was mailed November 7 following the investigation of the death of William Whitacker, a state inmate who died at a family members home while on a pass issued by Alcorn County jail officials.

The MDOC investigation shows a total of six state inmates were granted passes.
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