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Mississippi: Wide search for new leader of troubled prisons

Mississippi will conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead a state prison system that’s reckoning with a recent outburst of deadly violence and longstanding problems with vacant jobs and damaged facilities. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves will hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce the group that will conduct the search. Reeves’ spokeswoman, Renae Eze, said the ...

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Lawsuit says Mississippi prisons are ‘plagued by violence’

More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, saying understaffed prisons are “plagued by violence” and inmates are forced to live in decrepit and dangerous conditions. The federal lawsuit follows an outbreak of violence that killed five inmates and left an undisclosed number of others injured between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. The suit was filed the same ...

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Analysis: Hosemann delves into role as lieutenant governor

Mississippi’s new Republican lieutenant governor, Delbert Hosemann, has a reputation for working hard and expecting others around him to do the same. Hosemann was an attorney in private practice before he served three terms as secretary of state. He moved from that job to lieutenant governor on Thursday when he was inaugurated to succeed Republican Tate Reeves, the man who ...

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Foretold “uprising” hits cash-starved Mississippi prisons

The leader of Mississippi’s underfunded prison system was pleading with lawmakers for money to hire more guards and pay them better in 2012 when he warned, “I see trouble down the road.” Christopher Epps, a longtime Mississippi Department of Corrections employee, would later go to prison himself for collecting $1.4 million in bribes. But during budget hearings in October 2012, ...

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Analysis: Views starkly differ on Mississippi prison’s state

A federal judge sat through a monthlong trial last year over conditions at a privately run Mississippi prison, but that wasn’t enough for him to make a decision on whether conditions are unconstitutional. Now Senior U.S. District Judge William Barbour has dueling 80-page briefs to consider as he tries to decide whether East Mississippi Correctional Facility is excessively harsh, as ...

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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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