January 24, 2019
Mississippi recovered $26.6 million
in settlements with private prison and correctional services contractors including for-profit correctional facilities operators Management and Training Corporation
($5.2 million) and Cornell Companies, Inc.
, now part of GEO Group
($4.6 million), correctional healthcare provider Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
($4 million); commissary management company Keefe Commissary Network, LLC
($3.1 million), and construction company C. N. W. Construction Company
($3.1 million). The state's lawsuits against the companies alleged that they used "consultants" as conduits to pay bribes and kickbacks to a commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Christopher Epps. MS