Posts Tagged ‘jail’

Epps receives letter asking to leave work centers open

by Associated Press Published: June 13,2013

Tags: advicacy, corrections, employee, jail, low income, nonprofit, poor, poverty, prison, work, work center, worker

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Faith-based groups and advocates led by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU are asking Mississippi prison officials to drop plans to close four community work centers. Inmates in the centers do chores for local governments. The groups sent a letter to Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps this week, saying the work […] [...]

Supervisors want county out of fine-collecting business

by Associated Press Published: May 9,2013

Tags: board of supervisorts, contract, corrections, county, county government, fine, fine collecting, jail, prison, supervisor

GREENWOOD — The Leflore County Board of Supervisors wants out of a two-year contract it signed with Judicial Corrections Services Inc. to collect justice court fines. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports supervisors believe the private company is siphoning too much off the top of its collection fees, which increase by $40 each month a payment is […] [...]

Corrections shutting down work centers to cut costs

by Associated Press Published: April 25,2013

Tags: budget, closure, community, corrections, funding, jail, prison, state agency, work centers

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Four communities will lose inmate laborers when the state closes local community work centers on July 15. The Mississippi Department of Corrections will close community work centers in Rosedale, Yazoo City, Fayette and Lucedale. Inmates in the centers do chores for local governments. MDOC commissioner Christopher Epps says it was a matter […] [...]

Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters released from jail

by Associated Press Published: April 23,2013

Tags: case, court, jail, judge, justice, law, legal, letter, poison, President, ricin, Senator, terror, trial

OXFORD — A federal official says the man charged with sending poison letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge has been released from jail. Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford,  says Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody. Woodfin says he doesn’t know if […] [...]

Supervisors want massive, multi-facility renovation project

by Associated Press Published: April 4,2013

Tags: board of supervisors, building, construction, couny government, courthouse, jail, prison, renovation, supervisor

HERNANDO — The DeSoto Board of Supervisors plans a massive facilities overhaul affecting dozens of buildings and offices and costing an estimated $14.4 million. The Commercial Appeal reports the projects include relocating juvenile justice functions from the crowded courthouse, building a 230-bed expansion at the new jail site, and purchasing buildings for Facilities Management and […] [...]

Former teller with drug addiction sentenced for stealing

GULFPORT — A federal judge has sentenced Ashley Ann Keel to 18 months in prison and ordered her to make restitution of the $80,980 she stole when she was vault teller for a Hancock Bank branch in Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Keel yesterday and also ordered drug […] [...]

Developer wants to convert old jail into residential space

by Associated Press Published: March 22,2013

Tags: apartment, community development, developer, downtown, jail, loft, property, residential real estate, townhouse

HATTIESBURG — A North Carolina-based real estate development group has declared its interest in renovating the former Forrest County jail complex into affordable housing. Vann Joines, with The Landmark Group, tells The Hattiesburg American his organization is proposing a $9.75-million renovation of three buildings in downtown Hattiesburg, formerly used as a jail and county offices. […] [...]

Bureau’s budget cuts cast shadow on prison project

GREENWOOD — Budget cuts at the Bureau of Prisons have put choosing a location for a 1,600-bed minimum-security prison for illegal immigrants on the back burner, according to Mississippi corrections officials. Management and Training Corporation, based in Centerville, Utah, submitted a bid to the federal government last summer to use the former Delta Correctional Facility, […] [...]

Contractor offers dirt; supervisors love gift

by Associated Press Published: January 21,2013

Tags: builder, contractor, county, dirt, garbage, gift, government, jail, landfill

DESOTO COUNTY — Officials say a dirty gift will save DeSoto County tens of thousands of dollars. A contractor working near the new jail just south of Hernando offered 5,000 cubic yards of dirt — about 400 truckloads, the Commercial Appeal reported. The Board of Supervisors endorsed the plan unanimously last week after Sheriff Bill […] [...]

Officials want more info on prison that would employ up to 400

GREENWOOD — Leflore County officials are hoping to get more details from a Utah company seeking to reopen the shuttered Delta Correctional Facility. Management and Training Corporation, based in Centerville, Utah, submitted a bid to the federal government last summer to use the former prison, closed since January 2012, to house up to 1,600 minimum-security […] [...]

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