"Stokes a No-Show as Board Moves to Fix Jail" by Jackblog | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS


Stokes a No-Show as Board Moves to Fix Jail

Following through on earlier promises, the newly configured Hinds County Board of Supervisors gave $2.1 million back to the Byram-Clinton Corridor project and earmarked another $1 million to make repairs at the Raymond Detention Center.

Over the past few months, some supervisors had made a habit of taking money out of the corridor-renovation fund for parks and recreation and improving roads in their districts.

The moves drew criticism from proponents of the corridor project, which is intended to draw economic development to the county. Those critics included then-candidates Darrel McQuirter and Tony Greer of District 2 and District 4, respectively

This morning, Greer said he hoped the $1 million allocation to the jail would help the county "get on track" with fixing problems at jail so that the sheriff could focus on crime prevention.

Stokes, long a vocal critic against the Byram-Clinton Parkway, was not in attendance this morning nor was a reason given for his absence.

In other board action, McQuirter asked that no new contracts be executed until he and Greer have a chance to review them. Also, at Greer's urging, the board will develop a policy for board leadership positions to rotate regularly. District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham has served as board president since January 2012; Stokes has served as vice-chair, also since January 2012.


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