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Mississippi starts stress-reduction rooms for prison workers

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi prison system is creating stress-reduction rooms for employees amid complaints that guards and others are overworked and underpaid. The Department of Corrections emailed a memo to employees this week saying Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall is having the rooms created at all sites operated by…

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Ala. jury recommends death for Dearman

Leakesville native found guilty of mass killing near Citronelle Editor’s Note: The following was produced with permission from reports by reporter Mark R. Kent of the Call-News newspaper in Citronelle. Readers are advised that it contains disturbing details from testimony. From Staff and Special Reports A Mobile County jury has recommended a Greene County man…

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Dearman agrees to guilty plea in grizzly 2016 killings near Citronelle

MOBILE — Attorneys for a Greene County man accused of a mass killing near Citronelle, Ala. in 2016 will reportedly plead guilty to the murders. Reporter Mark R. Kent of the Call-News newspaper, which covers Citronelle and Mobile County, is reporting that attorneys representing Derrick Dearman filed notice Tuesday morning in Mobile County Circuit Court…

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Errington named acting superintendent at SMCI

From Staff Reports A Greene County native and veteran administrator at South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) has been tabbed as the Leakesville prison’s newest leader. Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall announced Monday afternoon that SMCI Deputy Warden Joe Errington has been appointed acting superintendent. Errington, 60, has spent his entire career with the…

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MDOC releases statement on latest escape at SMCI

The following is the full press release issued today by MDOC MDOC’s Statement on the recent escape at SMCI In response to media inquiries about the escape of Michael F. Wilson on July 5, 2018, at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI), the Mississippi Department of Corrections issues the following statement: The Mississippi Department of…

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DeBar asks attorney general to investigate latest SMCI escape

From Staff Reports A member of the Senate committee that oversees the state’s prison system has asked the state attorney general to investigate a recent inmate escape from South Mississippi Correctional Institution. Citing concerns that officials with the Department of Corrections may not conduct an open and honest review of circumstances leading up to the…

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Reeves says he’s not to blame for planned road near his home

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS – Associated Press JACKSON (AP) — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he did not pressure the Mississippi Department of Transportation to build a $2 million road near his gated neighborhood. Reeves said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, who is also an elected Republican, pushed for the proposed frontage…

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Escaped inmate captured

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — An inmate has been captured in Mississippi, two days after escaping from a state prison. The Mississippi Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Michael F. Wilson , known as “Pretty Boy Floyd,” was captured Saturday evening in the coastal city of Ocean Springs. He was discovered missing Thursday afternoon from South…

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