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1997 Mississippi Attorney General Reports and Opinions 851 (1997)

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MIKE MOORE                                                                   OPINION
ATTORNEY GENERAL                                                              DIVISION
April 29, 1997
Mr. Gary Evans
600 Convent Ave.
Pascagoula, MS 39567
Re:   Records of Inmates
Dear Mr. Evans:
Attorney General Mike Moore has received your recent letter on behalf of Jackson
County and has asked me to respond. Your letter states:
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reason he or she is requesting to go on sick call. In addition, records are maintained of
the inmates who actually followed through and went to sick call on each day. These
particular records have been maintained since 1980 and the Adult Detention Center is
desirous of maintaining these records for only six years. The questions are:
May the Adult Detention Center legally destroy these particular records are six years?
If not, after what time period could they legally destroy these records?
What would be the proper procedure to follow in destroying the records?
We assume for purposes of this opinion that Jackson County is exempt from The Local
Government Records Act, Miss. Code Ann. Section 25-60-1 et seq. Miss. Code Ann. Section
9-5-171(Supp. 1996) sets forth a records control schedule for county records, and inmate
requests for sick call are not included in that list. We are of the opinion that the Adult
Detention Center may legally destroy these records after they are no longer of benefit to the
agency. For recommendations concerning procedures for destroying the records, we refer you
to the Local Government Records Office created pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. Section 25-60-1
et seq.
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