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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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CEO who knew of Mississippi kickbacks seeks light sentence

A Texas man who has pleaded guilty to bribing Mississippi’s former prison chief argues that he should get a lower sentence or stay out of federal prison altogether. The sentencing hearing for Mark Longoria of Houston began Monday and is scheduled to continue Tuesday. He faces up to five years in prison. Longoria waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a ...

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State says it will seek other uses for just-closed prison

Mississippi’s prison system says it will seek some other use for the just-closed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. The facility had been run by private companies — most recently Utah-based Management and Training Corp. — but is owned by a public authority. Bond documents issued in July show the state still owes almost $94 million that was borrowed to build and ...

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Walnut Grove mayor: Prison closure could cripple town

The mayor of Walnut Grove says the state’s closure of a private prison could be crippling for his town. The Mississippi Department of Corrections announced Friday that it would close the privately run Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in September and transfer its 900 inmates to state-run facilities. Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher. The prison is the town’s largest employer. Walnut Grove ...

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Analysis: Mississippi battling execution issues on 2 fronts

  JACKSON — On June 20, it will be three years since Mississippi’s last execution. On that date in 2012, Gary Carl Simmons Jr., a former grocery store butcher, was executed for dismembering a man during a 1996 attack in which he also raped the man’s female friend. Mississippi has gone through similar hiatuses. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in ...

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Prison system could save money with health care contract

JACKSON — The head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections says the state could save $2 million over the next three years by choosing a new private contractor to provide health care for inmates. The health services contract is one of several Department of Corrections financial pacts that are being redone after last year’s federal criminal indictment of former Commissioner ...

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State wants drug supplier's name kept secret during appeal

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to keep secret the identity of the state’s execution drug supplier while he appeals a state judge’s order that the name be released. Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens ruled last month that the state’s public records law requires officials to release the information, sought by death-penalty opponents ...

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Mississippi inmate seeks resumption of conjugal visits

JACKSON — A federal magistrate judge will determine if Mississippi inmates have a protected right to conjugal visits. An inmate makes that argument in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against the Department of Corrections and former corrections chief Christopher Epps. Epps ended the more than a century-old practice of allowing conjugal visits for inmates on Jan. 31, 2014. ...

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Options for exprison site in Leflore County studied

GREENWOOD — Leflore County officials are looking for possible uses for the shuttered former Delta Correctional Facility after a bill to authorize placing state inmates there died in the Legislature. House Bill 1044 died in the Senate after Corrections Committee Chairman Sampson Jackson, DPreston, declined to bring it up for a vote. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the bill would have ...

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Proposal would set overtime pay for Miss. prison employees

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are considering a change in the way prison employees are paid. House Bill 435 says guards and other employees would be paid extra when they work overtime. Under the current system, they are supposed to receive compensatory time off later when they work extra hours. Republican Rep. Dennis DeBar of Leakesville says people who work at ...

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