Mississippi: Wide search for new leader of troubled prisons

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – 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.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is holding 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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