We Should All Be Concerned – Mississippi’s Top Community Newspaper

We should all be concerned

Posted at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2022

What is concerning is that we are not more concerned about the sorry state of the Adams County Jail. Representatives from the National Institute of Corrections traveled to Natchez this week to examine not just the jail, but all of the workings of the area’s criminal justice system and offer suggestions on how to improve it.

They planned to do so at a community town hall meeting beginning at 8 a.m. Friday at the Adams County Safe Room on Liberty Road. We believe that everyone should be concerned enough to attend, although we understand that not everyone is able to do so.

The NIC is an operational arm of the United States Department of Justice that provides support not through financial means, but through professionals providing direct assistance to state and local corrections departments.

While we know it takes more than a week to fix issues that have been around for decades, the group has the experience to offer insightful suggestions that can help.

Taxpayers’ money funds this service, just as it funds the prison.

Many have the attitude that the solution to crime in our community is to lock people up and never let them out, but when it comes to jail, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office has little to say. about who comes and goes. Some wait two or more years before being tried. What happens when prisons, local and state, are overcrowded?

Karen Albert, who serves as the NIC’s technical resource provider and instructor, pointed out that the majority of those incarcerated will re-enter society at some point.

Decisions that affect prisoners also affect everyone.

“The community needs to be part of the decision-making,” Albert said.

We couldn’t agree more.

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