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Jail celebrates 15th anniversary
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Apr 21, 2014 | 175 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
VAIDEN -- The Carroll-Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility celebrated a milestone this week as the staff marks its 15th year of operation.

The official groundbreaking of the correctional facility took place in the spring of 1999 in Vaiden, after several years of seeking options for improved local facilities. In the search for a solution, both Carroll and Montgomery counties found each other and began a partnership that produced the Carroll Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility (CMRCF).

Today, the CMRCF is recognized as one of the best correctional facilities in the area and houses close to 300 inmates. To prove it, the facility received exceptional scores five years straight in the American Correctional Association (ACA) audit.

According to Carroll County Sheriff Jerry Carver, the jail received perfect scores on mandatory and non-mandatory criteria concerning the facility.

"The jail is in excellent condition, and we've kept everything there up to date," Carver said. "The warden, administrators and officers have done an outstanding job there."

Six employees, who have been employed at the facility for the past 15 years, were honored with certificates, according to Warden Arther Smith.

Those honored for 15 years of service were Murtis Cobbins, Virginia Purnell, Vicky Noah, Mary Bryant, Beth Wiggins, and Betty Jean Johnson.

"We've receive the high scores because of the staff we have here," Smith said. "This facility means a lot to the community and the surrounding areas."

The facility is an Adult Median Custody male institution. Female offenders in Carroll and Montgomery counties are housed in the Grenada County Jail. The CMRCF housing has a dormitory, two man cells and single cells.

The facility is supported by a central kitchen, laundry, medical programs and physical plant maintenance area. Over the years, the facility provided Adult Basic Education and GED classes and vocational skills that are taught through Building Trades classes, and according to Smith, it has added drug and alcohol programs, approved through the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

"We had our litter program established recently and our joint county work program assists both Carroll and Montgomery counties," Smith said. "Most importantly, the facility is self-funded and runs through the housing of state and local inmates."
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