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Prison review group examining no-bid contracts

prison-d7f96423c0e1ee1b55c455b9266cf9d28a3d17a5-s6-c30JACKSON — A group that’s reviewing Mississippi prison contracts could make recommendations that would affect other state agencies, as well.

That’s the word from former Attorney General Mike Moore, who’s on the five-member task force appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant. The group met for the first time Friday.

Moore says members are paying close attention to contracts that are awarded without going through a bid process — a practice that could lead to sweetheart deals for contractors with connections.

Bryant created the task force in response to the federal indictments of former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and businessman Cecil McCrory. The two men have pleaded not guilty to charges that McCrory gave Epps hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for Epps steering contracts to companies connected to McCrory.

 

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