Sheriff expresses concerns about Lee County jail

In light of continuing issues, the sheriff still seeks help for his jail.

Posted: Jun 7, 2018 7:11 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says he is still hoping that county leaders will do something to improve conditions at the jail in Tupelo.

He says the jail is filled to capacity, and in some parts of the jail, mechanical locks have to be locked by hand.

That's just one of the many issues that the sheriff faces as the jail continues to have problems like this week where an inmate attacked one of his officers.

"You've got a situation where you're needing help in one part of the facility, and you've got to go through seven or eight doors, and you've got to manually unlock those doors," Johnson said.

We spoke by phone with two members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors. Neither seemed overly enthusiastic about building a new jail, adding that it could raise taxes.

One board member did say he would support improvements and renovations.

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