JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says it will resume sending inmates to serve time in the Alcorn County jail starting next Tuesday.
The state had stopped sending the jail inmates after learning that Sheriff Charles Rinehart had allowed six ineligible inmates to leave the jail on a pass.
One of those inmates died while away from the jail, and the state's investigation into that death led to the discovery.
Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps says he's allowing those state inmates to return since a private firm will now manage the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility.
Mississippi Correctional Management will oversee the jail under a two-year agreement recently approved by the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors.