Posts Tagged ‘prisons’

PEER releases report on inmates pardoned by Barbour

JACKSON — The Mississippi Parole Board rejected 16 inmates’ requests for freedom before they were given full pardons by former Gov. Haley Barbour during his final days as governor, according to a nonpartisan legislative watchdog group. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review examined Barbour’s pardons at the request of Rep. Cecil […] [...]

Mayor pleads guilty to witness tampering; Pickering issues demand

WALNUT GROVE — A Mississippi mayor who also worked as a jail warden pleaded guilty yesterday to witness tampering and resigned from office after facing charges that he took a female inmate to a hotel to have sex. Grady Sims was mayor of Walnut Grove for 30 years before pleading guilty in U.S. District Court. […] [...]

House to debate attorneys bill while Hood argues against pardons

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood may be busy today while House members debate a bill to limit his powers. The House bumped up its meeting time from the usual 2 p.m. to 10 a.m., when Hood is likely to be arguing against former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons at the state Supreme Court. The House […] [...]

Supreme Court to hear arguments over Barbour’s pardons

JACKSON — The freedom of 10 people is at stake and dozens of others could lose their hopes for a cleansed record in the legal battle over former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons. The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case tomorrow. Five inmates remain jailed because Attorney General Jim Hood persuaded a judge […] [...]

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

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

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 […] [...]

Hood to ask judge to revoke pardons issued by Barbour

by Published: January 18,2012

Tags: courts, crime, driminals, jails, law, pardons, prisons, releases, state government

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said yesterday he’ll ask a state judge next week to revoke several pardons Haley Barbour issued in his final days as governor, including those for five convicts who worked as trusties at the Governor’s Mansion. Hood said the five former trusties — four of them convicted of murder, […] [...]

Irby commits suicide after wife’s prison release

by Published: January 18,2012

Tags: death, pardons, prisons, suicide

JACKSON — Authorities said a prominent Jackson businessman took his own life yesterday, days after his wife was released from prison by then-Gov. Haley Barbour. Jackson Police spokeswoman Colendula Green told The Associated Press that emergency officials were called to Stuart M. Irby’s home shortly after 8 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at 9:04 […] [...]

PEER releases cost-per-inmate-day report

by 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 […] [...]

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