Kemper Jail Successfully Completes Audit

Kemper County, Miss. 99.8 percent is the score the Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional facility received after a three-day audit of the facility concluded Friday.

"So, it's a good feeling," warden Johnny Crockett says. "There's a lot of work that goes into this and a lot of man hours that goes into it."

"Because you're talking about 400 inmates on a daily basis," Sheriff James Moore stresses. "Everything moving, all these parts moving. You've got limited staff."

The audit is conducted every three years by the American Correctional Association. Sheriff Moore says there are 61 mandatory standards to pass in order to complete the audit. There are also 468 regular standards and the jail only missed one of those.

"Even though we just finished our 2013 audit, we're already working on our 2016 audit," Moore points out. "It comes every three and basically what it does, it makes sure that we are operating the jail in the standard it should be operated in."

The Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility not only houses inmates from Kemper and Neshoba counties, but also from the city of Meridian and Lauderdale County. Right now, there are roughly 420 inmates in the Kemper County jail. The maximum capacity is 497.

"You have to know your surroundings," Crockett explains. "You have to know what's coming in and out, and everything. And you've got to depend on your staff. This is not something that one person can do. It takes a team effort and if you have a team effort, then it works."

The Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility is actually 14-years old now. The warden tells us he hopes to go from 99.8 percent to 100 percent.


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