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Hood to ask judge to revoke pardons issued by Barbour

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said yesterday he’ll ask a state judge next week to revoke several pardons Haley Barbour issued in his final days as governor, including those for five convicts who worked as trusties at the Governor’s Mansion. Hood said the five former trusties — four of them convicted of murder, one of robbery — failed ...

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Irby commits suicide after wife's prison release

JACKSON — Authorities said a prominent Jackson businessman took his own life yesterday, days after his wife was released from prison by then-Gov. Haley Barbour. Jackson Police spokeswoman Colendula Green told The Associated Press that emergency officials were called to Stuart M. Irby’s home shortly after 8 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at 9:04 p.m. She said Irby hanged ...

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PEER releases cost-per-inmate-day report

JACKSON — During its 1994 special session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 2005 (now codified as MISS. CODE ANN. Section 47-5-1201 et seq. [1972]) to address short- and long-term bed capacity within the state’s correctional system. The bill created the State Prison Emergency Construction and Management Board to expedite the contracting and construction of proposed public and private prison facilities ...

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Releasing terminally ill inmates saves state millions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Releasing 89 terminally ill inmates has saved Mississippi about $5 million over seven years, corrections officials say. About $3.8 million of the savings was in medical costs and the rest was the cost of incarceration, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Releasing terminally ill prisoners lets the state avoid costly health treatments and is more humane for inmates facing their ...

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Supervisors OK jail construction contract

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors has approved a contract for construction of a new county jail. The Commercial Appeal reports supervisors voted 3-2 yesterday for the contract with Oklahoma-based Flintco, which submitted a $13.8-million construction bid. There were at least two unsuccessful Mississippi bidders: Murphy & Sons of Southaven, which bid $13.6 million; and Panola Construction, at ...

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Bidders on jail project question selection process

DESOTO COUNTY — Two losing bidders on a contract to build a new jail in DeSoto County contend the bidding process was unfair. The board of supervisors Monday received the final draft of the contract with Oklahoma-based Flintco. The company submitted a $13.8-million construction bid. Supervisors said they will consider it at the supervisors’ next meeting July 5. Flintco’s bid ...

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Supervisors reject lowest bids for prison construction

DESOTO COUNTY — The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors has rejected the two lowest bidders for the county’s new $16 million jail. Instead, citing the specification of having experience in building lockups, the board June 6 chose the third-lowest bid — $13.8 million from Oklahoma-based Flintco. The two lowest bids came from two Mississippi companies — Murphy & Sons of ...

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Ex-Hancock Bank staffers doing time for stealing

OCEAN SPRINGS — Two former employees of Hancock Bank’s main branch in Ocean Springs are now in the minimum-security sections of prisons in Florida, each serving an 8 1/2 year sentence for their roles in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme. The Sun Herald reports Margaret Migues, former branch operations manager, is at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex about 50 miles northwest of ...

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Biofuels project will top special session agenda

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers on Friday will consider $50 million in state incentives for research and production of renewable fuel made from timber, one of the state’s most widely available natural resources. Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday the biofuels project would be one of three items on the agenda for a special session, and he’s asking legislators to let DeSoto ...

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Geo Group signs prison contract extension

MERIDIAN — Private prison operator Geo Group Inc. has signed a contract to keep managing a Mississippi prison that is expected to generate about $21.7 million in annual revenue. The Boca Raton, Fla., company said it will continue to manage the 1,500-bed East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian through March 15, 2015. Geo Group has managed the prison since 1999. ...

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