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Report on Corrections Going to Gov.: No Bid Contracts Should Be a No Go

JACKSON, Miss.–Eliminating the possibility of corruption is the end goal of a task force created by Gov. Bryant after former Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps and former lawmaker Cecil McCrory were indicted on corruption charges earlier this year.

The problem was that the two are accused of conspiring to provide McCrory’s companies with no-bid contracts for the state’s prison system. In return, Epps got a cut of the billion dollars that McCrory’s companies made off the state. That’s your tax dollars.

Now that task force is looking at ways to keep it from happening again.

A report being delivered to the governor will include the recommendation that all state contracts worth over $100,000 be bid.

The report also has some exceptions for the prison system, like dentists or accountants.

Part of the aftermath of the corruption scandal could be that Management Training Corporation, which holds the contract to run private prisons for the state, could lose its contrats, or could have to go through a bidding process to keep them.

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