Ex-Mississippi Prison Boss Faces Bribery Charges

JACKSON, Miss. — Nov 6, 2014
By JEFF AMY Associated Press
Associated Press (via ABC)

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a businessman connected to several private prison companies.

Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014.

The 49-count federal indictment also charges Cecil McCrory of Brandon with paying Epps to obtain contracts for himself and other companies. It was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. McCrory and Epps were scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Keith Ball on Thursday.

Read the rest here and also read a larger story, titled: Private prison operator in Mississippi fires indicted consultant Cecil McCroryhere.

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Scott Watch: Lifting as we Climb

This came via the Scott Sisters’ support network today. I’d also encourage people to contact the Kidney Foundation (local and national chapters) and organ donor advocacy groups and let them know that a critically ill Mississippi patient desperately needs their expertise. Refer them to the Free the Scott Sisters blog. Nancy Lockhart is one of the main contacts, though I am not sure who authored the post below.


Jamie’s Life Saved by Fellow Prisoner!
2/1/10
Jamie Scott called home last night to the relief of her mother and family!  Following dialysis treatment at the prison last week Jamie was locked in a cell and was not checked on at all by anyone for a very long while.  When an inmate stopped by Jamie’s cell to speak to her, the inmate was alarmed that she was not moving and was completely unresponsive.  It was because of this inmate yelling out for help that Jamie was found to be in shock and rushed by ambulance to the Central Mississippi Medical Facility, where she had been a patient during the entire time the prison refused to give her mother or legal supporters any information at all.

If not for this inmate’s intervention Jamie may not have survived.  Her heart rate and blood pressure were way off, as well as her magnesium levels.  Her treatment had not been carried out properly and the doctor had to send back written instructions on how to care for her.  The doctor alerted Jamie that there was a problem with the insertion of the temporary catheter in her neck and that it’s placement could lead to infection, stating that the doctor who placed it needed to be contacted.  
As of last night Jamie was in the prison infirmary.
We are more concerned than ever about Jamie’s medical care and are still pushing for mainstream media coverage to shine a bright light on her steady, perilous decline due to CUT-RATE medical care with the prison’s rule of thumb being whatever is quickest, cheapest (whether or not it’s actually the right treatment) or nothing at all!  
Although Mrs. Rasco has a legal advisor, Atty Jaribu Hill, she is still in dire need of a criminal attorney.  There are many issues that need to be addressed and we are actively seeking any information that would help her obtain a lawyer.  We are extremely fortunate to have a fantastic and heavily experienced paralegal recently volunteer to work with us and who  would be of great assistance to any attorney that would help to right the very egregious wrongs the Scott Sisters have suffered these many years.  
 
Jamie Scott nor her sister should even be locked down in that prison  in the first place, this case is galling beyond belief and calls into question  every platitude this nation applies to itself when falsely lauding itself as a  human rights champion!  Please continue to make as many contacts as  possible on the Scott Sisters’ behalf, we are interested in all of your ideas and creativity to get this story out there!
 

–Here are the contacts – including several not on earlier posts – to advocate for Jamie—

BE DIRECT BUT PLEASE BE COURTEOUS

Governor Haley Barbour

P.O. Box 139
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
1-877-405-0733 or 601-359-3150
Fax: 601-359-3741

(If you reach VM leave msgs, faxes, and please send letters)


Brad Rogers, Mayor (Where Jamie is incarcerated):
City of Pearl
P.O. Box 5948
Pearl, MS 39288-5948

(Street Address for City of Pearl):
2420 Old Brandon Road
Pearl, MS 39208

city@cityofpearl.com

Congressman Gregg Harper

(the women in this prison should be his constituents; cite their address)
 3rd Congressional District
2507-A Old Brandon Road
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: (601) 932 2410
Fax: (601) 932 4647


U.S. Senator Thad Cochran
United States Senate
Wash., D.C. 20510-2402
JACKSON 601-965-4459
Contact Form: http://cochran.senate.gov/contact.htm

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

(FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ANY AND ALL MAJOR MEDIA YOU HAVE INFORMATION FOR, DON’T BE LIMITED BY THESE LISTINGS AT ALL!)

MISSISSIPPI MEDIA:
WLBT
(601) 960-4426 newsroom
(601) 355-7830 newsroom fax
http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=241208&nav=menu119_8_8

“Stribling, Wilson” <wstribling@wlbt.com>, ( Asst News Director )

WAPT TV 
calling 601-922-1607. To report news tips, call 601-922-1652. to submit news to the MGR, news anchor or anyone use this link http://www.wapt.com/contact/index.html

WJTV
Phone: (601) 372-6311
Fax: (601) 372-8798
http://www2.wjtv.com/jtv/online/site_information/contacts

FOX40
601-922-1234
http://www.my601.com/content/contactus/default.aspx

National MEDIA:

NBC TODAY SHOW: Today@NBCUNI.com
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS: Nightly@NBC.com
Listing of NBC/MSNBC Show e-mails at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10112
Phone: (212) 664-4444
Fax: (212) 664-4426

CBS FEEDBACK FORM: http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php

CBS NEWS

524 W. 57 St., New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-975-4321
Fax: 212-975-1893

ABC NEWS CONTACT FORM: http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3271346&cat=Good%20Morning%20America

 ABC NEWS
77 W. 66 St., New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-456-7777
CNN NEWS TIP FORM: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/tips/newstips.html


CNN
One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
Phone: 404-827-1500
Fax: 404-827-1784

Joe Madison: Joe.Madison@xmradio.com

Geraldo Rivera:  atlarge@foxnews.com

Oprah Contact Form: https://www.oprah.com/plugform.jsp?plugId=220

USA Today
7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA 22108
Phone: 703-854-3400
Fax: 703-854-2078
Associated Press
450 West 33rd St., New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-621-1500
Fax: 212-621-7523
General Questions and Comments: info@ap.org

Dr. Gloria Perry, Director

MDOC Medical Department
(601) 359-5155
gperry@mdoc.state.ms.us

Margaret Bingham, Superintendent of Central Mississippi Corrections Facility
(601) 932-2880
mbingham@mdoc.state.ms.us
FAX: (601) 664-0782
P.O. Box 88550
Pearl, Mississippi 39208

Christopher Epps, Commissioner of Prisons for the State of Mississippi

601-359-5600
CEPPS@mdoc.state.ms.us
723 North President Street
Jackson, MS 39202

Emmitt Sparkman, Deputy Commissioner MDOC
(601) 359-5610
esparkman@mdoc.state.ms.us

Congressman Bennie Thompsom
Washington, D.C. Office
2432 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-5876
(202) 225-5898 (Fax)

Jackson, Mississippi Office
3607 Medgar Evers Blvd
Jackson, MS 39213
(601) 946-9003
(601)-982-5337 (Fax)

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings
Washington Office
2353 Rayburn Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Tel: (202) 225-1313
Fax: (202) 225-1171

Congressman Jeff Miller
Washington D.C.
2439 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4136
Fax: (202) 225-3414

Toll Free Phone Number to District Office
Pensacola, Florida
Phone: 866-367-1614


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Scott Watch: Jamie back in Hospital

I’m not sure how the prison can withhold her hospital location from Mrs. Rasco, or what action the campaign would like us to take on it. If anyone out there has a connection with the kidney foundation, an organ donation group, a politically active women’s health clinic or rights organization, a disabity rights group – anything like that in Mississippi (we need the locals) – we need some community organizations with an appropriate stake in these issues to begin making concerned inquiries of their state legislators, requesting some immediate relief for Jamie that includes her family in the treatment planning process and allows Gladys to donate a kidney, if that’s necessary. I think right now we may still just be the usual suspects. 

The men’s medical care is bad too, but if we focus most closely on women’s health care in the Mississippi prisons – including getting documentation about rights’ violations and grievances from other prisoners – we may be able to help get more voices lobbying for Jamie’s health care from different places in the Mississippi community  by expanding our characterization of her identity. 

That is, while Jamie is a wrongfully-convicted victim of the state at risk of dying in prison before her innocence can be proven, she is also a mother (we could use help from groups that advocate for moms in prison, even though her son is an adult now),  a black woman (whose health care is notoriously substandard), a poor woman needing medical care (is it her poverty, her sentence, her specific illness, or standard MDOC policy that is preventing her from getting the proper treatment?), as a critically ill adult child (parents’ groups of disabled children may be helpful), as a woman with a major mood disorder (Alliance for the Mentally Ill may help advocate), as a woman with a disability (disabled rights activists in Mississippi would be able to see quickly that the value of Jamie’s life to society has been diminished not just by her criminalization, but also by virtue of her disabilities – they don’t like it when disabled people are cut out of the health care rations, and get left to die when life-saving measures are still available). 

That Jamie appears to have advanced kidney disease is significant – the Kidney Foundation should be interested to hear that she can’t get her special diet, and that her sister offered her a kidney and that the prison won’t allow the transplant…so many people suffer and die waiting for transplants, I don’t see how the prison could make that a blanket policy. It should at least be seriously explored. Would they prohibit Gladys from making a donation to a non-prisoner? Would they permit the transplant if costs could be mitigated in some way? 

Someone who knows more about these details needs to contact the kidney foundation and organ transplant groups in Mississippi and ask them to make a formal inquiry into prison policies and what treatment options kidney patients and people needing transplants in prison do and don’t have available to them. They can probably make a legal and moral case which may be more compelling than what we can come up with. help the DOC figure out other resources for treating these patients.


Nancy Lockhart (January 30 at 5:18pm)

Mrs. Evelyn Rasco has confirmed through a sergeant and nurse at the prison that Jamie was rushed to the hospital due to a decline in her condition earlier today. The prison will not confirm anything further, whatsoever, not even whether Jamie is still alive or where specifically she has been taken (the hospitals will not confirm whether Jamie is a patient at any of them either).

We had received a report a few days ago that Jamie should have been  returned to the Medical Bldg. at the prison due to severe weakness and difficulty carrying out her activities of daily living, however this did NOT happen.

Jamie Scott should have remained hospitalized long ago due to her kidney failure and other health issues that are impacted by such a serious development!! The prison has played games with Jamie’s life long enough and should have never moved her back from the hospital to begin with!

We need to know Jamie Scott’s condition and what is happening to her. She must not, once again, be returned to the prison to continue to deteriorate, her medical care must be taken out of the prison’s hands!

Updates will follow as soon as they are available! Please keep checking in as much as you are able!

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