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Detainee Recaptured After Picking Lock with Screwdriver

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HINDS COUNTY, MS -

A detainee wielding a screwdriver was recaptured at the Raymond Detention Center after he escaped from where he should have been on Sunday afternoon.

Hinds County authorities say Jimmy Hopkins was walking around the jail's property just after noon.

Crews, who locked-down the perimeter, now say Hopkins was not trying to run away from the facility but trying get his hands on contraband from someone on the outside.

A county employee allegedly sold Hopkins the screwdriver that he used to pick a lock for $20.

That employee is now being investigated and could face charges, according to a Hinds Co Sheriff's Department press release.

Nearly one year ago "Pod C" of the detention center was almost completely destroyed during an inmate riot that lasted about 12 hours.

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors was in the process of figuring out if the county should make full repairs, build a new facility, or privatize some of the county's corrections services.

Dozens of inmates were shipped to Rankin and Madison counties after the riot.

At the time, the jail was only receiving certain inmates and no one with misdemeanors.

Hopkins was being held at the facility on a court order related to stolen vehicle.

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