RELEASE

Third Suit Settled in Epps Scandal

JACKSON—Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that the state of Mississippi has settled its claims with Sentinel Offender Services, L.L.C. for $1,300,000.00. Sentinel provides inmate electronic monitoring services.

“As a company that continues to contract with the state, Sentinel Offender Services agreed to cooperate and settle the case for $1.3 million on a $2 million contract,” said General Hood. “We successfully disgorged them of their ill-gotten profit and then some.”

To date, the Attorney General has recovered $5,800,000.00 on behalf of Mississippi taxpayers related to the MDOC prison bribery scandal.

This settlement ends the third of 11 civil actions the attorney general filed on February 8, 2017, accusing 10 individuals and 12 out-of-state corporations of using alleged “consultants” as conduits to pay bribes and kickbacks to then-Commissioner Epps for the awarding and retention of MDOC contracts—all while defrauding the state through a pattern of misrepresentation, fraud, concealment, money laundering, and other wrongful conduct arising from the Epps bribery scandal.