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Mississippi prison loses contract, Michigan prison to reopen

A private prison in Mississippi could be in danger of closing, while one in Michigan is reopening, after the federal Bureau of Prisons awarded contracts Wednesday to imprison noncitizens convicted of certain felonies. CoreCivic says Thursday that it’s seeking other users for the 2,200-bed Adams County Correctional Center near Natchez, which employs 380 workers. Spokesman Steve Owen says the Nashville, ...

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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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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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