In addition, Federal investigation of conditions in the Mississippi state prison system has continued.
In November 2015, Christopher Epps resigned as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, which he had headed since 2002; he was one of the most experienced prison administrators nationally.
He and a former state legislator were indicted on 49 federal counts of bribery and kickbacks related to private companies operating in prisons.
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The number of prisoners at the facility increased but was not accompanied by appropriate staffing.
In addition, prisoners were aging; by 2006 prisoners up to age 21 were housed there.
Older prisoners in their early 20s were added during expansion of the population.
on behalf of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, located in Walnut Grove, Mississippi.
It has been accredited twice by the American Correctional Association, most recently in 2012, and has a capacity of 1,461 prisoners.
From 2003 to 2010, the prison was operated by Cornell Companies as a facility for youthful offenders; the company merged with GEO Group in 2010.
GEO operated the facility until April 2012; it housed juvenile prisoners who had been convicted of felonies and sentenced as adults.
Following a 2012 settlement of a 2010 class action suit against the facility's staff and management, and the state, for abuses and neglect of prisoners, youthful offenders were transferred to a state facility to be operated to juvenile justice standards.
In addition, the state is prohibited by the court decree from subjecting any youthful offender to solitary confinement, the first time a federal court has so ruled.
Walnut Grove has since been operated as an adult facility, and is under regular oversight by a court monitor to ensure conditions are improved.
In 2013, a class action suit was filed against the state and the private prison company because of conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility, where mentally ill prisoners are held and treated.