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12-17-2004, 06:23 PM

Posted on Fri, Dec. 17, 2004

MDOC removes pulled from Clay County Jail

Associated Press

WEST POINT, Miss. - The Mississippi Department of Corrections has removed 58 state inmates from the Clay County Jail because the sheriff improperly used the prisoners' labor, officials said.

The MDOC has revoked the Clay County facility's certification to house state prisoners based on Sheriff Laddie Huffman's use of inmate labor for private projects and for providing prisoners with pay and earned leave, officials said.

The state pays $20 a day for MDOC inmates housed at county jails. For the 58 inmates placed in Clay County, that added up to $1,160 per day.

The state auditor and the attorney general's offices conducted a joint investigation, said auditor's spokesman Mick Bullock.

Scott Rankin, director of the Mississippi Ethics Commission, said: "The investigation centered around the misuse and the violations were referred to the Mississippi Ethics Commission."

The violation fine was estimated at $5,003. Huffman offered a settlement and the ethics commission accepted the payment during its Dec. 3 meeting.

"Officials immediately returned (the money) to Clay County Chancery Clerk's office," Rankin said.