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MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
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Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday.More >>
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday. In South Mississippi, the concern centered around the state government's plan to allow offshore drilling off coastal waters.More >>
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Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
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Every year, Mississippi Lions club puts on a Sea and Sun camp for kids ages 5 to 15 who are visually impaired, giving them the opportunity to experience the fun they often miss out on.More >>
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
A South Mississippi district attorney is making it a priority to stop
the revolving door that plagues the justice system. Prosecutors say
it's frustrating to see offenders convicted and sentenced, only to be
released and a short time later re-arrested, then starting the process
all over again.
John Cooper, Timothy Lott, and Troy Carter pled guilty last month in separate drug cases. Prosecutors say all three Harrison County men had at least two prior felony convictions and all were sentenced as habitual offenders.
"Our society is built on the belief that people are entitled to a second chance. But people in society do not believe that defendants are entitled to fourth, fifth chances," said Joel Smith, who is the District Attorney for Harrison, Stone, and Hancock counties. "So one of my commitments as the DA is that we will place a top priority on using the tools that are available to us to make sure we prosecute habitual offenders in our district."
A habitual offender conviction means an inmate is not eligible for early release and not allowed to become a trusty. That means he or she must serve every day of a sentence, which Smith said keeps repeat offenders off the streets longer.
"It is a frustrating job sometimes to see the same faces over and over again in the system," Smith said. "That's why it's rewarding for us in Harrison County to see statistics like we saw today where, as of this morning, Harrison County has placed more defendants in Parchman as habitual offenders with mandatory sentences than any other county in the state of Mississippi."
"In fact, the statistics show that Harrison County has sent more than double than the second county in line behind us."
According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Harrison County
has sent 317 people to Parchman as habitual offenders. The next highest
county is Desoto. It's locked up 154 habitual offenders.
For convicts who want to stay out of a courtroom a second, third or fourth time, Smith said there must be support programs.
"The drug court program. Also the restitution centers through the Department of Corrections that are centers that provide convicts with a half way house... They provide them with a job and housing at the end of the sentences in an attempt to not only pay restitution back to their victims, but establish a foundation for them when they get out of prison that they can remain citizens that will abide by the law."
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