Ex-MDOC chief Chris Epps arrested in Flowood

November 2, 2016 in News

FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) – Former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps has been arrested in Flowood. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/2eb6Eys ) Flowood Police confirm Epps’ arrest Tuesday for allegedly […]

Man’s arrest for smuggling contraband in footballs sparked Walnut Grove prison riot

July 14, 2014 in News, The Buzz

WALNUT GROVE, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps says a prison fight in which nine inmates were stabbed was related to an attempt to smuggle contraband into the […]

Mississippi, one six states to allow conjugal visits to prisoners, set to end program

December 16, 2013 in News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi prisoners will no longer be allowed to have conjugal visits, starting early next year, Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said. Epps told The Clarion-Ledger that as of Jan. […]

Mississippi prisons, mental health, Medicaid seek more money

September 18, 2013 in News, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi’s prison and mental health systems and Medicaid program are seeking millions of extra dollars to get through the budget year, then more money on top of that for the coming year.

Agency leaders appeared Tuesday before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to request money for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30, and for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1.

State revenue has increased roughly 5 percent a year for each of the past two years, and the state-funded portion of the current budget is about $5.8 billion…

MDOC unveils new dialysis unit at Pearl correctional facility

August 30, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A new kidney dialysis unit has been unveiled at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) in Pearl.
After months of renovation, the Hemodialysis unit, which was once located in a trailer at the prison, has been moved to a more medically conducive environment at the facility. Wexford Health Sources Inc., the contracted health care provider for Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), operates the unit.

MDOC responds to federal lawsuit

June 20, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) is working with Management & Training Corp. (MTC) and Health Assurance to respond to a federal lawsuit filed recently over alleged conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF) near Meridian in Lauderdale County.  

It is the agency’s policy to let the facts play out in court, prison officials said.

However, the allegations made against MDOC officials are unfairly damaging to its commitment to provide efficient and effective offender custody, care, control and treatment consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional practices, MDOC spokesman Grace Fisher said.

Two prison guards arrested on contraband charged

June 10, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Two correctional officers have been arrested on felony possession charges at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility after contraband items were found during a random check of vehicles on prison grounds.  

“Regardless if you are staff or civilians, we will not tolerate drugs or alcohol on the grounds of any Mississippi Department of Corrections’ facility,” Commissioner Christopher Epps said. “Unfortunately, some employees are not abiding by this zero tolerance, and those employees should not reflect on the MDOC staff as a whole. Most of our employees are men and women who steadfastly carry out their duties with the upmost integrity every day and might not ever get the notoriety they deserve.”  

Two arrested at South Miss. prison after pipe bomb found

June 7, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Two people are facing charges in connection with a pipe bomb found during a routine search of a vehicle at the state prison in Greene County during visitation over the weekend.  

“We don’t believe the pipe bomb was intended for the prison, nor do we believe the inmate whom they were planning to visit had knowledge of it,” said Sean K. Smith, director of the Corrections Investigation Division of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “We are fortunate that we found the device during a routine search of the visitors’ vehicle. They never got past the secure entrance gate off the highway.”  

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents were notified, arrived and took possession of the device, which was later disposed of without incident.