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Mississippi: Wide search for new leader of troubled prisons

Incoming Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is holding a news conference Thursday to announce the group that will search for a new corrections commissioner.

Posted: Jan 16, 2020 2:29 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2020 4:23 PM

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.

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