Posts Tagged ‘prisons’

Prison review group examining no-bid contracts

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, Chris Epps, Mississippi, NEWS, prisons

JACKSON — A group that’s reviewing Mississippi prison contracts could make recommendations that would affect other state agencies, as well. That’s the word from former Attorney General Mike Moore, who’s on the five-member task force appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant. The group met for the first time Friday. Moore says members are paying close attention […] [...]

Prisons chief: Mississippi prisons could see changes

by Published: December 8,2014

Tags: Business, corruption, Mississippi, NEWS, prisons

JACKSON — The temporary head of Mississippi’s prison system told lawmakers Monday that he’s trying to improve conditions at South Mississippi Correctional Institution, where workers have complained about long hours and low pay and have expressed concerns about their own safety because of short staffing. Interim Corrections Commissioner Rick McCarty told the House Corrections Committee […] [...]

Search continues to replace jailed housing authority director

LELAND — A committee looking for a new leader for the South Delta Regional Housing Authority has narrowed the field of 95 applicants down to five. It plans to present the top three candidates to the board in coming months. SDRHA board attorney Kelly Hardwick tells the Delta Democrat Times there is no timetable to […] [...]

Prison operator fined $104K for safety violations by OSHA

JACKSON — A private prison operator that’s giving up its business in Mississippi could face up to $104,000 in fines from federal workplace safety regulators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said GEO Group exposed employees to assaults by inmates at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Lost Gap. Citations issued yesterday by OSHA say […] [...]

Utah company wins contract to run three state prisons

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A Utah-based private prison operator will take over management of three Mississippi correctional institutions beginning in July. Management & Training Corporation of Centreville, Utah, has signed 10-year operating contracts for the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near the Lost Gap community beginning July 2; Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Walnut Grove on […] [...]

Fitch withdraws ratings on MDOC bonds for prison projects

MARSHALL COUNTY and WILKINSON COUNTY — Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its ratings on the following bonds due to pre-refunding activity: • Mississippi Development Bank (MS) (MSLoan Prog-Mississippi Department of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 […] [...]

Bryant chooses ex-Sheriff McMillin to lead state Parole Board

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant named former Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin to lead the state Parole Board. The five-member board has discretion over which inmates are released from prison on parole. The board also investigates applicants for gubernatorial pardons and makes recommendations. However, Mississippi governors aren’t bound by the board’s recommendations. The board recommended […] [...]

Hood asks Supreme Court to reconsider ruling in Barbour pardons

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that former Gov. Haley Barbour’s late-term pardons were valid. In a filing late last week, Hood asked that the case be sent back to Hinds County Circuit Court. Hood claims the Supreme Court’s March 8 decision, which effectively determined […] [...]

Supreme Court rules Barbour’s last-minute pardons valid

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled today that some pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour are valid. In their 6-3 opinion, the justices wrote “we are compelled to hold that — in each of the cases before us — it fell to the governor alone to decide whether the Constitution’s publication requirement was […] [...]

New prison is expected to provide economic boost for region

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 […] [...]

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