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Wife of former prison chief hopes to keep forfeited assets

Chris Epps

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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Utah company wins contract to run three state prisons

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A Utah-based private prison operator will take over management of three Mississippi correctional institutions beginning in July. Management & Training Corporation of Centreville, Utah, has signed 10-year operating contracts for the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near the Lost Gap community beginning July 2; Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Walnut Grove on July 9; and the Marshall ...

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Fitch withdraws ratings on MDOC bonds for prison projects

MARSHALL COUNTY and WILKINSON COUNTY — Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its ratings on the following bonds due to pre-refunding activity: • Mississippi Development Bank (MS) (MSLoan Prog-Mississippi Department of Corrections-Marshall County Correctional Facility Refunding Proj) general obligation special obligation bonds series 2008C (all maturities); and • Mississippi Development Bank (MS) (MSLoan Program-Mississippi Department of Corrections Wilkinson County Correctional Facility) general ...

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Bryant chooses ex-Sheriff McMillin to lead state Parole Board

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant named former Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin to lead the state Parole Board. The five-member board has discretion over which inmates are released from prison on parole. The board also investigates applicants for gubernatorial pardons and makes recommendations. However, Mississippi governors aren’t bound by the board’s recommendations. The board recommended against pardons for some of ...

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