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County jail makes improvements after grand jury inspection

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(WMC-TV) - The Tunica County Jail is making some much needed changes after a grand jury inspected the jail and noted several concerns.

A grand jury report cites complaints about food, inmate jumpsuits, and the building's condition overall. It is a report done twice each year.

"The jail is always inspected along with the courthouse administration building," said Tunica County Administrator Clifton Johnson.

"This is the first time in Sheriff Hamp's administration,10 years, that we've had this type of report drafted to us," said Chief Deputy Randy Stewart.

Stewart says he just signed off on papers for about $25,000 of commercial washers and dryers, which was something else noted in the report.

The kitchen appeared to be in good shape, despite claims of a lack of organization on the report. But as for the food, Stewart says there is only so much taxpayer money they can spend.

"State law requires us to stay within $6 limit per limit per day," explained Stewart.

Walls and ceiling tiles appeared to be due for fresh paint and the county promises to take a look.

"Whatever items are noted, we take a look at those and make sure we address them," said Stewart.

The grand jury report notes that the jail is sufficient for the safe keeping of inmates, but the county administrator says he and the sheriff will get together to make sure all of the concerns are addressed.

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