Home » Tag Archives: prison (page 3)

Tag Archives: prison

PEER: Backlog of parole candidates costing state

JACKSON — Mississippi prison officials say they’re working to erase a backlog of parole cases that are up for consideration, as recommended by a legislative watchdog group. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review released a report today that said some inmates are not receiving parole hearings the first month they’re eligible, and that is causing the ...

Read More »

Sheriff assures city of continued inmate labor

CORINTH — Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart is assuring local officials he will continue to provide inmate labor. Rinehart met this past week with Corinth officials who are concerned about changes in numbers of inmates assigned to the city each day. Rinehart said while in the past the county has averaged had 65 to 68 inmates available to work in ...

Read More »

Ex-attorney gets jail time for stealing from Veterans Affairs

PEARL — A former Mississippi attorney has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for the theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that 45-year-old Jason Zebert of Pearl was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves Jr. In addition to prison time, Reeves ordered Zebert to ...

Read More »

State looks to contractor for prison transition services

JACKSON — Mississippi’s prison system has turned to a contractor to expand services for people released from prisons, after the town of Walnut Grove blocked the state’s attempt to open its own transition center. New Way Mississippi, which provides 45 beds in transition centers in Jackson and McComb, is the only respondent to a request to provide 100 more beds ...

Read More »

Coast man gets prison time for counterfeiting

WAVELAND — A 39-year-old Waveland man has been sentenced to 33 months in prison on charges of making and passing counterfeit money. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that Alton Emerson Morgan was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. He also was sentenced to three years’ supervised probation and to pay $760 in restitution. Morgan previously pleaded ...

Read More »

Bryant signs criminal justice system bill into law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive. Bryant said House Bill 585, which becomes law July 1, will protect public safety and could save the state $266 million in prison expenses, spread over 10 years. The bill is modeled on criminal-justice changes made in recent years ...

Read More »

Criminal justice legislation passes, heads to Bryant

JACKSON — Legislation to make Mississippi’s criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval yesterday from state lawmakers. The House voted 105-13 and the Senate voted unanimously to send a revised, final version of House Bill 585 to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it. If he does, it would become law July 1. ...

Read More »

Corrections spends $1.3M on netting in war on contraband

JACKSON — Mississippi corrections officials have added netting, body scanners and monthly prison searches to a growing list of steps to keep illegal cellphones, drugs, tobacco and other contraband out of prisoners’ hands. “We are in a new era where people will use any means to get contraband into prisons,” Commissioner Christopher B. Epps said in a news release. “Therefore, ...

Read More »

Criminal justice legislation moves forward

JACKSON — A bill that supporters say could make Mississippi’s criminal justice system more efficient and cut prison costs by hundreds of millions of dollars is one step from going to Gov. Phil Bryant. The House and Senate yesterday both passed the final version of House Bill 585. The House held it for the possibility of more debate, but there’s ...

Read More »