Bryant to change trusty system

Violent offenders may never again walk free in Mississippi because they worked at the Governor’s Mansion.

Gov. Phil Bryant, who took office Tuesday, plans to discontinue the practice of convicts spending the night on mansion grounds.

“The day Phil Bryant was sworn in, the mansion trusty program ended in its antiquated 50-year-old form,” spokesperson Mick Bullock said.

Bryant will not follow the tradition of pardoning mansion trusties, Bullock said. Also, Bryant is “working towards phasing out” the use of any violent offenders at the mansion, he said.

Clarion Ledger
1/14/12