Rep. Baria wants to convene panel to investigate “systemic corruption” of MDOC scandal.


State Rep. David Baria, D-Waveland, wants to convene a legislative panel to look at the charges against Epps, who was indicted along with former lobbyist Cecil McCrory last week on 49 counts involving an alleged bribery and kickback scheme, as well as Epps' reappointments to head MDOC. Baria believes the MDOC scandal represents systemic corruption … Continue reading Rep. Baria wants to convene panel to investigate “systemic corruption” of MDOC scandal.

Gov. Bryant instructs interim Corrections Commissioner to rebid contracts with companies mentioned in Epps indictment.


(Former Corrections Commissioner Chris) Epps and his alleged partner in the bribery scheme, former state lawmaker Cecil McCrory, pleaded not guilty Thursday in a 20-minute hearing before U.S. Magistrate Keith Ball in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Ball set a Jan. 5 trial date and released each on $25,000 unsecured bond. Both men declined to … Continue reading Gov. Bryant instructs interim Corrections Commissioner to rebid contracts with companies mentioned in Epps indictment.

MS Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps to resign.


Longtime Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps is resigning, amid a federal investigation, according to multiple sources confirming to clarionledger.com Epps could not immediately be reached for comment. State Auditor Stacey Pickering said he is aware of Epps' resignation, but, "I cannot make further comment at this time." House Corrections Chairman Tommy Taylor said he had … Continue reading MS Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps to resign.

MDOC must respond to ACLU lawsuit by July 17.


State corrections officials have until July 17 to respond to a federal lawsuit that challenges conditions at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian in Lauderdale County. The Mississippi Department of Corrections was sued in May over what the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center called "barbaric" conditions at the prison. … Continue reading MDOC must respond to ACLU lawsuit by July 17.

Lawsuit filed against MDOC for abuses at East MS Correctional Facility.


The American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed the 83-page complaint against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Thursday in the federal court in Jackson. It alleges numerous gross abuses at the privately run East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian, which houses some 1,500 inmates. Among the claims are that of … Continue reading Lawsuit filed against MDOC for abuses at East MS Correctional Facility.

MDOC Squeeze: Parole Board Chairman McMillan not concerned with budget.


Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps says the prison system faces a budget crunch, partly because the Parole Board releases fewer inmates these days. But the Parole Board chairman, Malcolm McMillin, says it's not his job to worry about Epps' budget. McMillin said decisions about parole are strictly up to the five-member Parole Board, which he … Continue reading MDOC Squeeze: Parole Board Chairman McMillan not concerned with budget.

Doug Davis confirmed to Parole Board


Former state Sen. Doug Davis of Hernando, a Mississippi PEP contributor, has been approved by the Senate to the Mississippi Parole Board. Davis began his new job in late January after his appointment by Gov. Phil Bryant. Congratulations to Doug from all of your cohorts at Mississippi PEP. We hope you never have to see … Continue reading Doug Davis confirmed to Parole Board

Gov. Bryant appoints Doug Davis to Parole Board.


Governor Phil Bryant has appointed former State Senator and Mississippi PEP contributor Doug Davis to the state Parole Board. The parole board is comprised of one chairman and four active members, each appointed at-large. The board meets weekly to review the cases of state offenders to determine parole eligibility. Davis’ appointment will be brought before … Continue reading Gov. Bryant appoints Doug Davis to Parole Board.

6 executions in 2012 puts Mississippi in top 4


Just four states carried out more than three-fourths of the executions in the United States this year, while another 23 states have not put an inmate to death in 10 years, an anti-capital punishment group reports. The Death Penalty Information Center says in its annual report that Texas led the nation, as it does every … Continue reading 6 executions in 2012 puts Mississippi in top 4

Pearl River County Sheriff: We can’t arrest our way out of drug problem


Sheriff David Allison, in a wide-ranging and candid interview, said Pearl River County has a “major drug problem,” and law enforcement officials can’t “arrest our way out of it.” “It is a spiritual problem and will be overcome through education and moral and spiritual teaching in our schools and churches,” he said. He also said … Continue reading Pearl River County Sheriff: We can’t arrest our way out of drug problem