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Zach Scruggs returns to Mississippi for literacy cause

ASSOCIATED PRESS/2008 
 Zach Scruggs
ASSOCIATED PRESS/2008 Zach Scruggs

Zach Scruggs has returned to Mississippi to head a nonprofit literacy organization founded by his father Dickie Scruggs.

As two of Mississippi's best-known attorneys, they lost their law licenses amidst post-Katrina insurance battles on behalf of policyholders suing insurance companies.

Dickie Scruggs admitted he conspired to bribe a judge presiding over a dispute involving legal fees Scruggs and his group of attorneys secured when some of the insurance cases settled. Zach Scruggs acknowledged that he failed to report a felony.

Zach Scruggs and his family moved to Florida after his release from prison. His father, who was on the Coast recently to talk about the literacy program, said Zach Scruggs was running a solar company and had been doing well. Dickie Scruggs said then the plan was for his son to return soon to head the nonprofit, which he had been helping with since its inception.

The elder Scruggs founded Second Chance Mississippi as a result of his prison experience. While in prison, he tutored inmates so they earn GEDs. He said it gave him a new sense of purpose.

He's trying to expand his organization's reach and is working through community colleges to help students with expenses so they can focus on studying for GEDs and, hopefully, stay in school for associate's degrees or technical training.

Zach Scruggs could not be reached to comment. His return as executive director of Second Chance was reported by HottyToddy.com, a publication that serves the University of Mississippi and Oxford, where the Scruggs' attended school and live.

Zach Scruggs will work to establish Second Chance as a tax-exempt, self-sustaining nonprofit, and start a pilot program to recruit and retain students at Mississippi's 15 community colleges, HottyToddy reported.

Dickie Scruggs has been covering the organization's administrative costs and raising funds for literacy support.

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