Posts Tagged ‘prison’

Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to stealing food

HATTIESBURG — The former kitchen supervisor at the Forrest County Detention Center has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in illegally diverting food for the jail for personal use. WDAM-TV reports Allen Haralson, 61, entered the plea yesterday before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. He remains free on bond. Sentencing was set for Feb. […] [...]

Warden who lives hundreds of miles from jail resigns

CORINTH — A lobbyist for a private prison company is resigning as warden of the Alcorn County jail in northeast Mississippi, a job he held while living more than 200 miles away in the Jackson suburb of Madison. Irb Benjamin told Alcorn County supervisors he will step down Dec. 1. That action came several days […] [...]

Prison-contract task force working in wake of Epps’ indictment

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore said that he and others on a new task force have already started examining contracts awarded by the Department of Corrections as they evaluate state spending with private prison companies and other vendors. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant created the five-member task force this month after former Corrections […] [...]

Byrd succeeds Denmark as SMCI superintendent

LEAKESVILLE — Raymond T. Byrd has been named superintendent at South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. Byrd succeeds Johnnie Denmark, who announced his retirement on Oct. 31. Byrd has more than 30 years of correctional experience with both private and state prisons not only in Mississippi but also in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Washington, D.C. […] [...]

Governor forms group to review prison contracts in wake of Epps indictment

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is creating a five-member task force to review contracts at the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Bryant set up the task force in an executive order and appointed lawyer Andy Taggart of Madison and former judge Robert Gibbs as its co-chairmen. Bryant’s office says three other members will be added later. […] [...]

Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. […] [...]

Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a […] [...]

Two out-of-state companies put in bids for four private prisons

JACKSON — Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections say two companies are bidding to manage the state’s four privately operated prisons. One is the current operator, Utah-based Management and Training Corp. The second is New Jersey-based Community Education Centers. MTC got $59.3 million last year to run East Mississippi Correctional Facility, Marshall County Correctional […] [...]

Coast sheriff: Federal inmates could bring in $500K annually

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam is asking the Justice Department to send some federal prisoners to his jail. The county has filed paperwork for approval to house federal inmates. Adam says the move could bring in as much as $500,000 annually. It costs the county $3.3 million a year to run […] [...]

Ex-Canton alderman gets 66 months for accepting bribe

CANTON — A former Canton alderman has been sentenced to 66 months in prison on a bribery conviction. Fifty-eight-year-old Calvin Louis Smith was indicted in April and charged with one count of bribery involving federal programs. The indictment says he sought bribes valued at more than $5,000 from May to October in 2012 in connection […] [...]

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