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Justice Department cites Hinds County over jail conditions

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JACKSON — Federal officials say faltering efforts to improve conditions at Hinds County’s two jails have been far inadequate to overcome decrepit physical conditions, rampant violence and poor staffing. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a 29-page letter issued Thursday to county officials, says conditions violate the U.S. Constitution because threat of harm amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and ...

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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 GEO Group knowingly failed to ...

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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 July 9; and the Marshall ...

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MARSHALL COUNTY and WILKINSON COUNTY — Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its ratings on the following bonds due to pre-refunding activity: • Mississippi Development Bank (MS) (MSLoan Prog-Mississippi Department of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

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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 the limits on the governor’s ...

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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 early next year. Low- and ...

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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 Brown of Jackson. Brown released ...

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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. U.S. Attorney John Dowdy and ...

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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 doesn’t plan to meet tomorrow, ...

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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 to hold them until courts ...

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