Posts Tagged ‘prison’

Epps receives letter asking to leave work centers open

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 […] [...]

Man gets seven years in prison for teacher-cheating scheme

MEMPHIS — A federal judge in Memphis has sentenced a longtime Memphis educator to seven years in prison in a test-taking fraud scheme. Clarence Mumford Sr. pleaded guilty in February to leading a 15-year scheme that helped teachers cheat on qualification exams. The passing scores were then used to help people get jobs in public […] [...]

Supervisors want county out of fine-collecting business

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

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 […] [...]

Ex-attorney granted request to return to prison

by Published: April 17,2013

Tags: attorney, bench, bribe, bribery, court, judge, judicial, justice, law, lawyer, legal, prison

OXFORD — A judge has granted the request by disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs to return to federal prison to resume serving his sentence on a judicial corruption conviction. Scruggs has been free on $2 million bond since December while appealing the 2009 conviction, but a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court […] [...]

Disbarred lawyer asks to return to prison pending appeal

OXFORD — Disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs wants to return to federal prison pending an appeal of a judicial corruption conviction. Scruggs has been free on $2 million bond since December while appealing the 2009 conviction, but a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected his arguments. In a […] [...]

Telemarketer’s appeal fails, will serve prison term

JACKSON — A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of Timothy Allen for his role in a telemarketing scheme that prosecutors said targeted seniors. Allen was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in 2012. He was sentenced to more than seven years in prison with four years’ supervised release. He also was ordered […] [...]

Supervisors want massive, multi-facility renovation project

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 tough-talking lawmaker dies on Coast at 79

OCEAN SPRINGS — Mack McInnis, a former South Mississippi lawmaker known for his tough talk on prison issues, has died. McInnis’ daughters said their father died in his sleep Sunday. He was 79. McInnis’ memorable statement about a push to make Mississippi prisoners wear striped uniforms made national news in 1994. “We want a prisoner […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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