Giles County concerned citizens say some of the jail statistics the Giles County Sheriff's Department released to media last week are misleading and need context to be properly understood.
According to Sheriff Kyle Helton, approximately 23% of all inmates in the Giles County Jail are black, while more than 75% of Giles County inmates are white.
Aljanise Ewing Jones and Kelly Fisk Hamlin, concerned citizens in Giles County, indicate that white people make up most of the population of Giles County and the arrest records by race do not give a full understanding of arrests in the county.
On Friday, Sheriff Helton told a Nashville TV station, he had been approached by a concerned citizen who identified herself as a member of the local chapter of the N.A.A.C.P.
The sheriff tells that the meeting with the community members lasted two hours and consisted of many issues that included incarceration and the racial breakdown of offenders.
To be transparent, Sheriff Helton reported his jail's arrest records dating back to 2017.
The numbers overwhelmingly show that white males are incarcerated at a higher percentage than Black males in Giles County.
In addition to the numerical breakdown, the sheriff said his officers do not target offenders based on race and his sheriff's department is about law and order regardless of race, creed, or color.
In a letter written after the meeting to the sheriff's department, obtained by media, Kelly Hamlin, an officer with the Giles County NAACP made several points contesting the sheriff department's release and subsequent reporting by the tv station.
The lengthy letter was signed by Aljanise Ewing Jones and Kelly Fisk Hamlin.
Helton said he regrets any misunderstanding or miscommunication that may have resulted from this interview. They are welcome at my office any time, and I wouldd like to continue to work with them to improve the community for all its members."