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Alcorn County Prison Earns High Marks From National Association

Facility ‘Moving in Right Direction,’ Sheriff Says

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor


Sheriff Ben Caldwell is pleased to announce that the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility earned top scores in a comprehensive review by a national organization that accredits prisons.

This marks another improvement to the Alcorn County regional prison that has occurred under Caldwell’s tenure as sheriff, which began in January 2016.

Prior to Caldwell taking office, the facility was plagued by a number of problems that caused the Mississippi Department of Corrections to remove more than 230 inmates.

The inmates were allowed to return to the facility shortly after Caldwell took office. MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher said he allowed the inmates to return because of his high level of respect for Caldwell.

The perfect scores on the American Correctional Association audit last week show that the prison in Alcorn County is “moving in the right direction,” Caldwell said.

He praised the warden, chief of security, office manager and the rest of the staff for working hard to make the audit a success.

The ACA on-site audit looked back at the past year and found that the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility fully met 56 mandatory requirements and 421 non-mandatory criteria. Security and medical standards were among the standards reviewed in the audit, which will be conducted again in three years.

The safety and security of the correctional facility is the No. 1 goal, Caldwell added.

The Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility is a medium-security facility with the capacity to house 360 inmates. It currently houses 240, which is the minimum number set forth in the contract with the state.

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