Saturday, April 23, 2011

Commissioner Epps was invited to Jackson County Board of Supervisors meeting

Since Bo is running for District 4 Supervisor (Jackson County), I wasn't going to comment on Supervisor Brodnax's letter in the Mississippi Press, but I am very glad Commissioner Epps decided to set the record straight.


In its April 16 issue, The Mississippi Press ran a letter from Jackson County Supervisor Tommy Brodnax to Gov. Haley Barbour with the headline, "Commissioner Epps should butt out of jail plans."

Supervisor Brodnax recommends in the letter that I either "fund this project or stay in Jackson and tend to my business."

Please allow me to correct inaccuracies in the letter regarding my meeting with the Jackson County Board of Supervisors on March 7 to discuss plans for building a new Jackson County Jail.

The fact is, I was invited on Feb. 28 by Melton Harris, president of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors, to attend the March 7 meeting along with prisoner rights attorney Ron Welch. I did not arbitrarily decide to attend the meeting, nor did I demand anything.

Knowing Jackson County has been in need of a jail for approximately 15 years and that money was an issue, I was happy to help out and to provide suggestions for the jail's construction that could potentially save the county's taxpayers approximately $12 million and $585,266.50 per year on staffing.

The citizens of Jackson County deserve a jail at the lowest construction and operating costs.
I am not in the business of trying to play politics. I'm in the business of trying to help the people, in this case the citizens of Jackson County.

I will always be available to assist when asked. To suggest otherwise is misleading.

CHRISTOPHER B. EPPS
Commissioner, Mississippi
Department of Corrections Jackson

While we need a new jail we also need to be fiscally responsible. If Commissioner Epps can help us build a new jail at the lowest construction and operating cost we need to listen to him. Melton Harris, president of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors should be commended for inviting Commissioner Epps to the meeting. It is too bad that some people are close minded and don't like their plans being thwarted.

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