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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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OSHA enters into agreement with GEO Group

MERIDIAN — The GEO Group Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that requires the company to implement comprehensive procedures and policies to better safeguard its workers against the hazards of workplace violence in every correctional and adult detention facility that it manages in the nation. “This corporate-wide ...

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Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in Pearl River County. “Stealing timber ...

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Delta case manager gets prison time for Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville resident is going to prison for Medicaid fraud. Attorney General Jim Hood says Marguerite Wilson, 31, of Greenville, appeared before Judge Ashley Hines in Washington County Circuit Court yesterday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of Medicaid Fraud in January. Wilson was sentenced to five years in prison, with two to serve on ...

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Hood wants settlement funds to go to prison, courts

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has sent a check to the state General Fund for $52,697,853.73 and a check for $11,167,097.00 to the State/School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan. The money, totaling $63,864,932.73, is the result of litigation involving eight cases as follows: GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (Avandia): $25,219,368.42 BASF Corporation et al (vitamin litigation): $22,509,978.76 LCD litigation: $3,844,417.09 Toyota: $433,542.74 Lender ...

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