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PEER releases cost-per-inmate-day report

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 public and private prison facilities ...

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Private Delta prison to shut down next year

GREENWOOD — Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said a privately run prison in Leflore County will close in January. Epps said the state and Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America mutually agreed to cease operations. How the decision affects operations of the Leflore County jail at the same site is unclear. “State law requires private prisons to operate facilities more ...

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Releasing terminally ill inmates saves state millions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Releasing 89 terminally ill inmates has saved Mississippi about $5 million over seven years, corrections officials say. About $3.8 million of the savings was in medical costs and the rest was the cost of incarceration, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Releasing terminally ill prisoners lets the state avoid costly health treatments and is more humane for inmates facing their ...

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Supervisors reject lowest bids for prison construction

DESOTO COUNTY — The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors has rejected the two lowest bidders for the county’s new $16 million jail. Instead, citing the specification of having experience in building lockups, the board June 6 chose the third-lowest bid — $13.8 million from Oklahoma-based Flintco. The two lowest bids came from two Mississippi companies — Murphy & Sons of ...

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Biofuels project will top special session agenda

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers on Friday will consider $50 million in state incentives for research and production of renewable fuel made from timber, one of the state’s most widely available natural resources. Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday the biofuels project would be one of three items on the agenda for a special session, and he’s asking legislators to let DeSoto ...

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Supervisors mulling prisoner healthcare proposal

NATCHEZ — Adams County supervisors are studying a request from Sheriff Chuck Mayfield to sign a contract with a Tennessee company to provided medical care for inmates. The Natchez Democrat reports that Mayfield told supervisors this week that his office currently contracts with a local nurse practitioner directly at a cost of about $50,000 annually. Mayfield says for $70,000 the ...

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