JACKSON - Commissioner Pelicia Hall says she is pleased that another surprise, large scale shakedown at a regional jail in less than a week has turned up only a small amount of contraband.
"I hope this amount of contraband, which is significantly less than what we found in earlier shakedowns, shows that the zero tolerance message is resonating in the prison system," Hall said Tuesday. "Nevertheless, the random searches won't stop. We are conducting these shakedowns to prevent the flow of contraband to make the facilities safer for staff and inmates."
The latest search under Operation Zero Tolerance was at Stone County Regional Correctional Facility in Wiggins early Tuesday morning. The following contraband was found: six cellphones and assorted parts; 11 cellphone chargers; 17 small bags of tobacco; $100 in cash; one ring; one SIM card; three earphone pieces; and one radio/amp charger.
"I am pleased that no shanks in particular were found at this facility," Hall said. "I also want to thank not only the MDOC officers who are pulling extra duty with these shakedowns but also the Stone County jail staff for assisting MDOC in this search."
Stone County’s shakedown, which is the 11th search under Operation Zero Tolerance, occurred after a similar one at George County Regional Correctional Facility in Lucedale on Thursday.