Posts Tagged ‘prison’

Two out-of-state companies put in bids for four private prisons

JACKSON — Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections say two companies are bidding to manage the state’s four privately operated prisons. One is the current operator, Utah-based Management and Training Corp. The second is New Jersey-based Community Education Centers. MTC got $59.3 million last year to run East Mississippi Correctional Facility, Marshall County Correctional […] [...]

Coast sheriff: Federal inmates could bring in $500K annually

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam is asking the Justice Department to send some federal prisoners to his jail. The county has filed paperwork for approval to house federal inmates. Adam says the move could bring in as much as $500,000 annually. It costs the county $3.3 million a year to run […] [...]

Ex-Canton alderman gets 66 months for accepting bribe

CANTON — A former Canton alderman has been sentenced to 66 months in prison on a bribery conviction. Fifty-eight-year-old Calvin Louis Smith was indicted in April and charged with one count of bribery involving federal programs. The indictment says he sought bribes valued at more than $5,000 from May to October in 2012 in connection […] [...]

PEER: Backlog of parole candidates costing state

JACKSON — Mississippi prison officials say they’re working to erase a backlog of parole cases that are up for consideration, as recommended by a legislative watchdog group. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review released a report today that said some inmates are not receiving parole hearings the first month they’re eligible, […] [...]

Sheriff assures city of continued inmate labor

CORINTH — Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart is assuring local officials he will continue to provide inmate labor. Rinehart met this past week with Corinth officials who are concerned about changes in numbers of inmates assigned to the city each day. Rinehart said while in the past the county has averaged had 65 to 68 […] [...]

Man sentenced to more than seven years in prison for African Craigslist scam

JACKSON — Federal prosecutors say James Lewis Johnson has been sentenced to 86 months in prison for his role in a Mississippi-based fraud that used stolen financial information to get money and goods and then ship them to South Africa and Nigeria. Johnson was among several people indicted in the case earlier this year. He […] [...]

Ex-attorney gets jail time for stealing from Veterans Affairs

PEARL — A former Mississippi attorney has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for the theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that 45-year-old Jason Zebert of Pearl was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves Jr. In addition to prison […] [...]

State looks to contractor for prison transition services

JACKSON — Mississippi’s prison system has turned to a contractor to expand services for people released from prisons, after the town of Walnut Grove blocked the state’s attempt to open its own transition center. New Way Mississippi, which provides 45 beds in transition centers in Jackson and McComb, is the only respondent to a request […] [...]

Coast man gets prison time for counterfeiting

WAVELAND — A 39-year-old Waveland man has been sentenced to 33 months in prison on charges of making and passing counterfeit money. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that Alton Emerson Morgan was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. He also was sentenced to three years’ supervised probation and to pay $760 […] [...]

Bryant signs criminal justice system bill into law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive. Bryant said House Bill 585, which becomes law July 1, will protect public safety and could save the state $266 million in prison expenses, spread over 10 years. The bill is modeled on criminal-justice […] [...]

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