Posts Tagged ‘corrections’

Fitch withdraws ratings on MDOC bonds for prison projects

by MBJ Staff Published: May 15,2012

Tags: bonds, corrections, debt, debt ratings, investing, investments, investors, jails, prisons, ratings

MARSHALL COUNTY and WILKINSON COUNTY — Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its ratings on the following bonds due to pre-refunding activity: • Mississippi Development Bank (MS) (MSLoan Prog-Mississippi Department of Corrections-Marshall County Correctional Facility Refunding Proj) general obligation special obligation bonds series 2008C (all maturities); and • Mississippi Development Bank (MS) (MSLoan Program-Mississippi Department of Corrections […] [...]

New prison is expected to provide economic boost for region

by Wally Northway Published: February 27,2012

Tags: construction, corrections, crime, economic impact, employment, inmates, jails, jobs, prisons, spending

YAZOO CITY — Federal officials have proposed spending $28.4 million next year to run a high-security federal prison in Yazoo City. Local and congressional officials hope the prison will boost the region’s economy. Federal justice officials tell The Clarion-Ledger construction of the 1,216-bed facility is nearly complete. They say it should be ready to open […] [...]

Supreme Court to hear Hood’s challenge to Barbour’s pardons

by Associated Press Published: February 2,2012

Tags: attorneys, convicts, corrections, courts, executive, governor, jails, law, law enforcement, lawyers, pardons, prisons, state government, trustees

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court said yesterday it would take up the legal challenge to the pardons ex-Gov. Haley Barbour gave out in his last days in office. State Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, wants to invalidate dozens of the 198 pardons that Barbour, a Republican, handed out before his second four-year term […] [...]

Hood blasts Barbour on pardons; defends staff member

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has issued a statement denying former Gov. Haley Barbour’s allegation that one of the Attorney General’s Office staff members did not publicize Barbour’s last-minute pardons for former Governor’s Mansion trustees as called for by state law. Hood wrote: “It is unfortunate that former Gov. Barbour has made some misrepresentations […] [...]

Pardon files missing on former Governor’s Mansion trusties

by Associated Press Published: January 26,2012

Tags: convicts, corrections, jails, last-minute pardons, law, law enforcement, pardons, prisons, state government, trusties

JACKSON — Pardon files are missing or don’t exist for four convicted killers and another man who worked as trusties at the Governor’s Mansion and were pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour during his final days in office. The Associated Press made public records requests for such documents, but state officials said yesterday they don’t […] [...]

PEER releases cost-per-inmate-day report

by MBJ Staff Published: January 3,2012

Tags: contracts, corrections, costs, inmates, jails, prisons, state government

JACKSON — During its 1994 special session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 2005 (now codified as MISS. CODE ANN. Section 47-5-1201 et seq. [1972]) to address short- and long-term bed capacity within the state’s correctional system. The bill created the State Prison Emergency Construction and Management Board to expedite the contracting and construction of proposed […] [...]

Private Delta prison to shut down next year

by Associated Press Published: November 13,2011

Tags: corrections, courts, incarceration, jail, law enforcement, prison, state government

GREENWOOD — Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said a privately run prison in Leflore County will close in January. Epps said the state and Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America mutually agreed to cease operations. How the decision affects operations of the Leflore County jail at the same site is unclear. “State law requires private […] [...]

Releasing terminally ill inmates saves state millions

by Associated Press Published: October 3,2011

Tags: budget, corrections, healthcare, inmates, jails, prisoners, prisons, state government, terminally ill

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Releasing 89 terminally ill inmates has saved Mississippi about $5 million over seven years, corrections officials say. About $3.8 million of the savings was in medical costs and the rest was the cost of incarceration, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Releasing terminally ill prisoners lets the state avoid costly health treatments and is more […] [...]

Supervisors reject lowest bids for prison construction

by Associated Press Published: June 7,2011

Tags: construction, corrections, county government, jails, prisons

DESOTO COUNTY — The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors has rejected the two lowest bidders for the county’s new $16 million jail. Instead, citing the specification of having experience in building lockups, the board June 6 chose the third-lowest bid — $13.8 million from Oklahoma-based Flintco. The two lowest bids came from two Mississippi companies […] [...]

Biofuels project will top special session agenda

by Associated Press Published: August 25,2010

Tags: biofuels, casinos, corrections, environment, gaming, jails, Legislature, prisons, renewable industry, special session, timber

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers on Friday will consider $50 million in state incentives for research and production of renewable fuel made from timber, one of the state’s most widely available natural resources. Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday the biofuels project would be one of three items on the agenda for a special session, and he’s […] [...]

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