Robert Johnson: Using state over private prisons saves money

At the end of this month, the Mississippi Department of Corrections Task Force — created by Gov. Bryant after the indictment of former MDOC Commissioner, and my successor, Chris Epps — is set to issue their recommendations regarding Mississippi’s future with for-profit prisons.

I encourage them to recommend the state begin to phase out for-profit prisons and use the savings to (1) raise compensation for corrections officers to reduce corruption, (2) hire more qualified corrections officers to increase competency, (3) improve conditions in current facilities and (4) invest in proven rehabilitation and training programs.