MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps says strict parole board contributing to budget crunch

Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps says the prison system faces a budget crunch, partly because the Parole Board releases fewer inmates these days.

But the Parole Board chairman, Malcolm McMillin, says it’s not his job to worry about Epps’ budget.

McMillin said decisions about parole are strictly up to the five-member Parole Board, which he has led since Gov. Phil Bryant appointed him to the post in January 2012. He said he sees no need to meet with Epps to talk about the prisons’ financial condition.