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BILL CRAWFORD — Gov. Bryant serious about public contracting reforms

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Gov. Phil Bryant continues to take seriously the reform of public contracting in Mississippi.    Last November, Bryant, responding to the contract scandal that erupted from the arrest of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, established a special task force to conduct a comprehensive review of the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) contracting and procurement processes.     In December, the five-member task ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature undercut Fisher’s efforts to clean up MDOC

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so hard? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities,” said ...

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Wife of former prison chief hopes to keep forfeited assets

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JACKSON — The wife of former Mississippi prison chief Chris Epps isn’t ready to give up the Flowood house that her husband agreed to forfeit as part of a guilty plea in a bribery scheme. Catherlean Epps has hired an attorney with expertise in federal forfeiture cases to keep her claim on property her husband has agreed to hand over, the ...

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Mississippi inmate seeks resumption of conjugal visits

JACKSON — A federal magistrate judge will determine if Mississippi inmates have a protected right to conjugal visits. An inmate makes that argument in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against the Department of Corrections and former corrections chief Christopher Epps. Epps ended the more than a century-old practice of allowing conjugal visits for inmates on Jan. 31, 2014. ...

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Chairman: Contract bill going to governor was watered down

JACKSON — The Mississippi House on Monday passed the final version of a bill to tighten parts of the state contract process, but a House chairman said the Senate weakened it. House Bill 825 passed 102-16 and goes to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he wants to bring more openness to government spending. Some representatives who voted against ...

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Prison won’t interrupt ex-prison chief’s retirement cash flow

As part of his guilty pleas, former Mississippi prisons chief Chris Epps must pay a $750,000 fine and could be forced to pay a hefty restitution. But he has an income source to help with the costs: the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi. Epps admitted guilt Wednesday to two felony charges of money laundering and tax evasion. He and ...

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Ex-prison boss and businessman admit to bribery scheme

JACKSON — A former prison official and a businessman are admitting guilt in a bribery scheme that involved hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and helped the one-time head of Mississippi’s Corrections Department buy a home in a gated subdivision, a beachfront condo and top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz vehicles. “I’m sorry for what I’ve done. It was wrong,” former ...

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MDOC task force seeks public input

JACKSON — A group that’s reviewing the Mississippi prison system after a former corrections commissioner was indicted on corruption charges will hold three meetings to take public comments on where its work should go. “The task force is interested in hearing real-life experiences from Mississippians, including these groups directly affected by the management of the Department of Corrections,” co-chairman Andy Taggart ...

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Prison review group examining no-bid contracts

JACKSON — 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 ...

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