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Justice Department to Investigate 2 Hinds County Jails

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JACKSON, Miss. - The Justice Department has announced that it will investigate whether prisoners at two Hinds County jails are protected from violence committed by other inmates and staff.

In statement Tuesday, federal authorities say the investigation will focus on the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond and the Jackson Detention Center in Jackson.

The Justice Department said it notified attorneys for the county Board of Supervisors and the sheriff, who the department said pledged to cooperate.

The Raymond facility has been hounded by problems, including a fight in March that left one inmate dead and several others injured.The Hinds County Board of Supervisors later declared an emergency at the facility.

In 2012, one of the three pods at the Raymond jail was destroyed by inmates after a 10-hour disturbance.

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