JACKSON, Miss. (AP/WTVA) - Mississippi is looking nationwide for a new prisons director.
The state's prisons are reckoning with a recent outburst of violence that left five inmates dead and others injured, along with longstanding problems with vacant jobs and damaged facilities.
Incoming Republican Gov. Tate Reeves held a news conference Thursday to announce the group that will search for a new corrections commissioner. The effort will be led by Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, a former state lawmaker.
Reeves was a top budget writer for years as former commissioners pleaded for money to fix dangerously low salaries and prison conditions.