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Inmates released early to save state money
By cdispatch.com - Associated Press
Published: 08/13/2012

JACKSON -- Former crematorium owner Mark Seepe is out of prison after serving less than two years of a ten-year sentence for personal use of advance funeral payments.

Seeps, put on house arrest in January 2011, is among inmates released because the Mississippi Department of Corrections is using early release, house arrest and probation to save at least $5 million on inmate housing, The Clarion-Ledger reports.

The Legislative Budget Committee praised MDOC for not seeking a budget increase this fiscal year.

But House Corrections Chairman George Flaggs said MDOC will end the year with a $30 million deficit which the Legislature will have to make up in 2013.

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