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Corrections head appointed

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Pelicia Hall commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Hall replaces Marshall Fisher, who was recently appointed commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Hall has served as interim MDOC commissioner since late January. Previously, Hall was Fisher’s chief of staff. In her role as commissioner, Hall will oversee more than 2,200 employees, three ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MDOC’s recommended award for new inmate health services contract not a money-saver

  An April 27, 2015 article in the online version of the Mississippi Business Journal announced the Mississippi Department of Correction’s (“DOC’s”) selection of Centurion of Mississippi, LLC as its new inmate health care vendor. The new contract combines State-operated and privately run prisons under a single contract starting July 1. The article went on to state that Mississippi could ...

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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

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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Task force: Ban no-bid contracts in prison system

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Corrections should kill as many of its no-bid contracts as possible and start a competitive process to see if it can get better deals. That’s one of the early recommendations being made by a group that Gov. Phil Bryant appointed to review prison contracts. The five-member task force agreed Monday on 12 recommendations to ...

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State inmates get specialized training from MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute

Special to The MBJ Several state inmates will be leaving prison with specialized managerial and manufacturing training from the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University. Twenty Mississippi Prison Industries Corp. (MPIC) inmate workers at South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) in Leakesville are enrolled in “The Management and Supervision of Modern Manufacturing” course. The three-hour night class began April 3, ...

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