A prison rights attorney told Hinds County officials that pretrial detainees should be paid the federal minimum wage for work at the downtown Jackson detention center. Attorney Ron Welch said state law requires pretrial detainees to be paid federal minimum wage for their voluntary, in-jail work done before they have been convicted of a crime. "If, as I have heard, Hinds County is working pretrial detainees at the downtown jail without paying them the federal minimum wage, I suggest that Hinds County comply with the state statutes by paying the working pretrial detainees at the federal minimum wage, for all work they have done to date, and hereafter paying them at the same rate on a monthly basis for a month's work," Welch said in a message to Hinds County Board of Supervisors Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen.

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