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Mississippi to reopen Delta prison to hold release violators

Mississippi’s prison system announced Friday that it will reopen the Delta Correctional Facility in Greenwood this spring, mostly to house people who violate the terms of their probation or parole.Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall says the department will consolidate what it calls technical violation centers, which are supposed to provide a low level of sanctions for a parolee, who, for example, ...

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Mississippi lawmakers mull more prison time for gang members

Long prison terms for gang members would be imposed under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House. The House Judiciary B Committee voted Friday to send House Bill 541 forward to the full House for more debate. The measure would require that any gang member convicted of any crime committed, even a misdemeanor, spend an additional five years in ...

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Mississippi GOP reps safe after baseball practice shooting

Associated Press A Texas congressman says a gunman first fired shots at Mississippi Rep. Trent Kelly and missed before shooting a Louisiana congressman while the Republicans practiced for a charity baseball game in a Washington suburb. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas was at the practice and witnessed the shootings that wounded Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and several others in Alexandria, ...

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4 plead guilty in Mississippi counterfeit cash operation

MADISON — A prosecutor says four people are headed to prison for passing counterfeiting cash in central Mississippi. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest says in a news release Tuesday that the four pleaded guilty to racketeering, and each was sentenced to 20 years in prison. They are 49-year-old Tonnie Carroll, 42-year-old Brenda Cross and 39-year-old Sylvester Anderson, all of ...

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Hall chosen as new Mississippi corrections commissioner

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed an attorney with wide experience in state government to be the new state corrections commissioner. Pelicia Hall has been interim commissioner the past few weeks, since Marshall Fisher left the top job in the prison system when Bryant chose him to lead the Department of Public Safety. Hall had been Fisher’s chief of staff ...

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US marshals arrest former Mississippi prisons chief Epps

U.S. marshals have arrested former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps following allegations that he stole outdoor lights from a home he forfeited in a corruption case. His attorney, John Colette (coh-LET-ee), tells The Associated Press that marshals took Epps into custody about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Collette says Epps forfeited an upscale house to the federal government earlier this year as ...

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Ex-senator sentenced for embezzling from construction loan

Former state Sen. Tommy Robertson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, with two years to serve, for embezzling over $379,000 of a $484,000 construction loan that he was handling for a couple through Singing River Federal Credit Union. Special Judge Richard McKenzie also ordered Robertson to serve eight years under post-release supervision, fined him $1,000 and ordered him ...

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Hinds County DA charged with helping accused criminals

The district attorney in Mississippi’s largest county was arrested Wednesday on charges of illegally advising people accused of crimes. He would be removed from office if convicted. A six-count criminal charge was filed Wednesday against third-term Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, 45, after an investigation by the FBI and the Mississippi attorney general’s office. The document, filed by ...

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Houston woman sentenced for Medicaid fraud

A 42-year-old Chickasaw County nurse is headed to prison for one year after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release Tuesday Cheryl Renee Hamblet, of Houston, appeared before Choctaw County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Loper Jr. on Monday and pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of obtaining ...

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2 arrested after counterfeit money tracked back to printer

Sheriff’s deputies say two Jackson County men have been arrested on counterfeiting charges. In a news release, Sheriff Mike Ezell said deputies pulled over a car Sunday in which 27-year-old Nathan Bang, of Vancleave, was a passenger. Ezell says deputies found $400 in a clear, plastic bag inside Bang’s backpack, along with parchment paper in its original container. Ezell says ...

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