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Huge Contraband Bust Made at Alcorn Regional Correctional Facility

Tobacco, cellphones, shoes and shanks were among the contraband items seized at the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility Wednesday morning. (Submitted Photos)

Submitted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections

More than 100 cellphones and cellphone chargers, large bags of tobacco and numerous other contraband items, including shoes and shanks, were seized Wednesday morning at Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility in the largest bust at a regional since the Mississippi Department of Corrections began major shakedowns in March.

(More photos below)

Cellphones hidden in the ceilings fell as MDOC officers searched. Light fixtures were being used to charge the phones. Contraband also was found in the back of television sets, inside garbage cans and in the desk of an employee.

I am stunned at the amount of contraband found and the level to which it appears to have been hidden in this facility housing 240 inmates,” Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said. “Until the Department of Corrections receives a corrective plan of action, this facility is on lockdown. There is no way staff or inmates are safe with this amount of contraband.”

Hall stressed that the issue of cellphones in the hands of inmates is a public safety concern. She noted there have been numerous cases, not only in the state but also across the country, of cellphones being used to aid in criminal activity. She cited that earlier this month, a South Carolina maximum security prisoner caught in Texas reportedly used a smuggled cellphone in his escape.

These shakedowns are being done for the sake of public safety,” Hall said. “This is our 15th shakedown under Operation Zero Tolerance. By now, all facilities should expect an unexpected visit from us.”

Alcorn, which is located in Corinth, is the ninth of 15 regional facilities to be searched. Other shakedowns have occurred at Winston-Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility, Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility, Washington County Regional Correctional Facility, Stone County Regional Correctional Facility, George County Correctional Facility, South Mississippi Correctional Institution, Hinds County Restitution Center, Carroll-Montgomery County Regional Correctional Facility, Wilkinson County Correctional Facility, East Mississippi Correctional Facility, Marshall County Correctional Facility, Yazoo County Regional Correctional Facility, and Holmes-Humphreys County Regional Correctional Facility.


10 Responses so far.

  1. GW says:

    There is no excuse for this, this place is wide open to not only this but Drugs are also being used there also, Cocaine on down has been found in the Prisoners systems.
    Either we have a Prison or we don’t. This facility has become a Danger to this Community.

  2. Heywood Jablomi says:

    Hilarious. This didn´t happen overnight.

  3. I’m not surprised it probably come only from the mail cells because women aren’t as stupid to want to catch them charge.its amazing how that got in, it must been am inside job from the jailors or truste eating to make to much money. It’s going to keep on happening because of the October 2015 death of Stevie James trustee had keys to the cells and front doors. Imagine that. I still don’t believe it was a suicide for mr. James but who will ever know?

    • Salina switcher says:

      Well it’s not ever gonna change and yea it’s probably some inside job but those inmates can move that crap them selves but as for the phones if they’d drop the charges on phone calls going out some then there wouldn’t be so many cell phones going in these families can’t afford those calls and keeping them up in canteen so they’d rather chance getting their loved ones a phone where they can hear from them besides they don’t get new charge they receive a rvr which is paper work that might cause them a privilege for 2 weeks so why not huh

  4. I’m not surprised it probably come only from the mail cells because women aren’t as stupid to want to catch them charge.its amazing how that got in, it must been am inside job from the jailors or truste eating to make to much money. It’s going to keep on happening because of the October 2015 death of Stevie James trustee had keys to the cells and front doors. Imagine that. I still don’t believe it was a suicide for mr. James but who will ever know?

  5. I’m not surprised it probably come only from the mail cells because women aren’t as stupid to want to catch them charge.its amazing how that got in, it must been am inside job from the jailors or truste eating to make to much money. It’s going to keep on happening because of the October 2015 death of Stevie James trustee had keys to the cells and front doors. Imagine that. I still don’t believe it was a suicide for mr. James but who will ever know?

  6. I’m not surprised it probably come only from the mail cells because women aren’t as stupid to want to catch them charge.its amazing how that got in, it must been am inside job from the jailors or truste eating to make to much money. It’s going to keep on happening because of the October 2015 death of Stevie James trustee had keys to the cells and front doors. Imagine that. I still don’t believe it was a suicide for mr. James but who will ever know?

  7. I’m not surprised it probably come only from the mail cells because women aren’t as stupid to want to catch them charge.its amazing how that got in, it must been am inside job from the jailors or truste eating to make to much money. It’s going to keep on happening because of the October 2015 death of Stevie James trustee had keys to the cells and front doors. Imagine that. I still don’t believe it was a suicide for mr. James but who will ever know?

  8. I’m not surprised it probably come only from the mail cells because women aren’t as stupid to want to catch them charge.its amazing how that got in, it must been am inside job from the jailors or truste eating to make to much money. It’s going to keep lon happening because of the October 2015 death of Stevie James trustee had keys to the cells and front doors. Imagine that. I still don’t believe it was a suicide for mr. James but who will ever know?

  9. SetUp4Real says:

    It’s times like these when we need to take a firm look at the MDOC. Ladies and Gentlemen, think about our elected officials who are well aware the number of inmates being harmed or probably killed while incarcerated. This is only the beginning and I believe that it is larger than Corinth, Alcorn County or even the state of Mississippi. At this point, I am embarrassed to call myself a Mississippian. StepUp4Real


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Josh Mitchell is the news editor for Corinth Today. He can be reached at 662-872-9907 or news@corinthtoday.com.