No-bid contracts under fire in Mississippi

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Corrections, Government Waste, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

AP Photo by Rogelio V. Solis

A corruption scandal in the Mississippi Department of Corrections has the practice of no-bid contracts under fire.

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Indicted corrections commissioner enjoyed ritzy lifestyle

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Corrections, Economy, Mississippi, News, Regulations, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

Indicted former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps lived a lavish lifestyle in a gated community with two Mercedes Benz sedans and a beachfront condominium.

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Mississippi prison bribery scheme leads to indictments

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Corrections, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics  /  No Comments

Chris Epps cropped

A multi-year investigation by state and federal authorities has revealed an alleged bribery scheme that cost the state of Mississippi thousands of dollars in prison services contracts.

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Feds order cell phone access for cons in halfway houses

By   /  June 6, 2014  /  Corrections, Minnesota, Technology  /  No Comments

CALLING ALL FEDERAL HALFWAY HOUSES:  Halfway houses must draft plans to provide federal offenders access to cell phones to help in job searches and their transition to society under a directive from US Attorney General Eric Holder.  Bureau of Prisons photo.

It’s one of the most sought after, smuggled and dangerous weapons in prisons. It’s also a tool that few in the outside world make do without.

Now, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to make the indispensable items — cell phones — available to thousands of federal offenders serving out their sentences and re-entering society each year in halfway houses. More than 30,000 people spent time in federal halfway houses in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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‘In-house parole’ costs NM taxpayers $10M a year to keep prisoners in prison

By   /  April 29, 2014  /  Corrections, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

ON PAROLE BUT STILL IN PRISON: The practice of "in-house parole," where inmates serve part of their paroles behind bars, costs New Mexico taxpayers an estimated $10.3 million a year.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico has a real problem getting inmates out of prison and into parole programs.
An increasing number of inmates don’t get released at all and serve what’s called “in-house parole.” That means they stay locked up for weeks and sometimes months at a time.
And that […]

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Crash, boom, bam: Deputy wrecks 33 times in 17 years, but union fights for his job

By   /  February 20, 2014  /  Corrections, Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments


As a law officer, former Todd County Deputy Sheriff Mark Grinstead didn’t miss much.

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