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Mississippi family says reform bill should be retroactive

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a change to a law to reduce long prison sentences given to habitual offenders whose past crimes were either nonviolent or committed many years earlier. People facing prison time in Mississippi can have extra years, or even life imprisonment, added to their sentences if they have a past felony convictions on their criminal record. House Bill 1024 would ...

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3 men charged with killing boy, 11, in Mississippi apartment

Nearly two months after the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old child inside an apartment in Mississippi, three men have been charged in connection with his death. Jordan McCoy was killed when several gunshots were fired into his apartment while he was sleeping on April 6, news outlets reported. Now, Diallo Vaughn, Kemarshon Cassity and Kadarius Taylor are charged with murder ...

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Mississippi doctor convicted of fraud released due to virus

A Mississippi physician who was convicted in an insurance fraud case has been released from a federal prison to protect him from potentially contracting COVID-19, according to his attorney. Albert Diaz, 80, was released Thursday from the prison at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, attorney John Colette told the Sun Herald. Diaz was sentenced to 3 1/2 years ...

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Mississippi inmate dies months after becoming ill

A Mississippi inmate who was serving a 15-year sentence has died after becoming ill months ago and being hospitalized periodically since December. The state Department of Corrections said Monday that Mary Jewell, 40, died Sunday at Merit Health Central in Jackson, where she was taken from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. Jewell was tested for the new coronavirus while she was hospitalized, ...

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Teen faces murder charge in slaying of north Mississippi man

A 16-year-old has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a north Mississippi man. Calhoun City Police Chief LaTana Williams tells local news outlets that police have arrested 16-year-old Quanterrious Gray. Juveniles arrested for capital murder in Mississippi are automatically charged as adults. It’s unclear whether Gray has a lawyer or whether a judge has considered bail. ...

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Woman accuses ex-deputies and sheriff of sexual misconduct

A former inmate in a Mississippi county filed a lawsuit saying she was forced to have sex with two deputies and sexually harassed by a former sheriff while she was behind bars. Elizabeth Reed filed the lawsuit against former Noxubee County Sheriff Terry Grassaree and former deputies Vance Phillips and Damon Clark, news outlets reported Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed late last month, ...

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Mississippi has at least 15th inmate death in recent weeks

Another inmate has died in Mississippi, bringing the total to at least 15 in the state prison system since late December. Jesus Garcia, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility, according to a statement from Management & Training Corporation, the private company that operates the prison. A company spokesman, Issa Arnita, said in ...

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To fight crime, Hattiesburg mayor pushes for camera system

The mayor of Hattiesburg is moving forward with a plan to install a camera surveillance system across town as a way to reduce crime. WDAM-TV reported that Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker brought up the idea during a Facebook video message to his constituents during which he also discussed a recent crime spree that has seen four shootings over the weekend. Specifically ...

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Mississippi upholds 12-year sentence for cellphone in jail

The Mississippi Supreme Court’s confirmation of a 12-year prison sentence for an African American man who carried his mobile phone into a county jail cell is being slammed as a brutal example of racial injustice. Even one of the justices who joined in the unanimous ruling said that while the sentence is legal, the prosecutor and trial judge could have ...

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Mississippi: Wide search for new leader of troubled prisons

Mississippi will conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead a state prison system that’s reckoning with a recent outburst of deadly violence and longstanding problems with vacant jobs and damaged facilities. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves will hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce the group that will conduct the search. Reeves’ spokeswoman, Renae Eze, said the ...

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