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McCrory seeks to withdraw guilty plea in prison corruption

A former Mississippi lawmaker is asking to withdraw his guilty plea in a long-running prison corruption case. In papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Cecil McCrory of Brandon said he is innocent and is requesting a jury trial. McCrory’s current attorney, Carlos Tanner, wrote that McCrory received ineffective representation from his first attorney. Prosecutors did not give ...

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Analysis: As prison closes, state still reckons with debt

If you’ve got to keep paying for something, you might as well use it. That, more than anything, might be the logic behind the announcement from Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher last week that the state prison system intends to seek new uses for the recently closed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. Fisher said last week saying the department is considering ...

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Analysis: US phases out private prisons, Mississippi shuts 1

Mississippi jumped enthusiastically into using private prisons in the mid-1990s, when the Department of Corrections was under a longstanding federal court order to ease crowding and improve conditions in penitentiaries. The state went on a prison building spree and legislative leaders agreed with private-prison lobbyists, who pointed to government’s unimpressive record of prison management and said corporations might do more ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Search continues to replace jailed housing authority director

LELAND — A committee looking for a new leader for the South Delta Regional Housing Authority has narrowed the field of 95 applicants down to five. It plans to present the top three candidates to the board in coming months. SDRHA board attorney Kelly Hardwick tells the Delta Democrat Times there is no timetable to get a new director hired. ...

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Prison operator fined $104K for safety violations by OSHA

JACKSON — A private prison operator that’s giving up its business in Mississippi could face up to $104,000 in fines from federal workplace safety regulators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said GEO Group exposed employees to assaults by inmates at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Lost Gap. Citations issued yesterday by OSHA say GEO Group knowingly failed to ...

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