Families of inmates file lawsuit against former MDOC Commissioner Epps

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – A class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Jackson on Thursday on behalf of thousands of people incarcerated in Mississippi jails and their families and friends against Global Tel Link Corp (“GTL”).

GTL is a Virginia-based corporation that provides inmate telephone calling services (“ICS”) and other services to prisoners in Mississippi jails.

The lawsuit arises out of the bribery and kickback scandal involving former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. He is now serving jail time in federal prison for accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for awarding unlawful no-bid contracts and other illegal benefits to various corporations and individuals. This includes the contract for the provision of ICS to individuals incarcerated in Mississippi jails.