Attorney general candidate making rounds

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; With the campaign season now in full swing, Democratic attorney general candidate Jim Hood met and greeted people Thursday at the Adams County Courthouse.

Hood, a resident of Oxford, now serves as district attorney for Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah and Union counties &045; the largest district in the state.

Before taking office in January 1996, Hood’s experience included serving as special assistant attorney general for five years and as a law clerk to former Chief Armis E. Hawkins of the state Supreme Court.

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Hood said he has created many programs through his office some that focus on victims and rehabilitation for criminals.

Two handbooks have been published through Hood’s office: a drug and alcohol manual and &uot;A Victim’s Handbook on the Criminal Justice System.&uot;

&uot;After suffering a violent crime, victims of their surviving family members desperately need the comfort of knowing what will happen to the criminal who hurt them,&uot; Hood said.

&uot;Consequently, I have spent many years in my spare time developing this handbook that we will give to all victims of violent crime in our district.&uot;

More money needs to be spent in the area of rehabilitation and trade programs that can help divert potential criminals from incarceration, Hood said.

&uot;We spend money on being hard on crime but we have to treat the problem as a whole,&uot; he said.

Hood said that one way his office addressed the prevention issue was by videotaping life in prison and then showing the tape to teenage boys to discourage a life of crime.

Another issue Hood said he would like to focus on, if elected in November, is protecting the elderly from falling prey to such things as marketing schemes.