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Coroner: Inmate dies, found hanging at a Mississippi prison

An inmate at a Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead, a coroner said Sunday. Coroner Heather Burton said she was called Sunday to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman where inmate Gabriel Carmen was found hanging in his cell Saturday ...

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Analysis: Troubled prison system requires intense attention

Top Mississippi officials acknowledge the state is facing a crisis with its prison system, with five inmates killed and others injured in recent mayhem. Two days after he was inaugurated last week, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves described the violence as a “catastrophe.” He appointed a group to conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead the Mississippi Department ...

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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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Bryant orders contracting reforms in wake of Epps, McCroy scandal

State agencies will be forced to operate more openly in advertising, amending and awarding contracts, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says in a issuing a pair of executive orders Thursday on state contracting. The orders also mandate increased professional knowledge of contracting among Mississippi Department of Corrections contract workers. One of the orders, Order 1362, requires agencies posting contracts online to ...

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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 Commissioner Chris Epps and businessman ...

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Firm fires McCrory in wake of Epps' bribery indictment

BRANDON  — Private prison contractor Management & Training Corp. says it has fired a consultant who prosecutors say bribed the former Mississippi corrections commissioner. Utah-based MTC announced in a statement yesterday that it has canceled its contract with Cecil McCrory, a former state lawmaker. Both he and ex-Commissioner Christopher Epps were indicted last week on federal charges that said McCrory ...

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Bryant orders rebidding of contracts in wake of Epps' indictment

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant tells The Associated Press that the state will rebid contracts with all firms mentioned in an indictment of former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Spokesman Knox Graham said yesterday that Bryant instructed interim Corrections Commissioner Richard McCarty to stop negotiations with Utah-based Management and Training Corp. over renewing a $60-million-a-year contract to manage four private prisons ...

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