DOC chief Epps chosen to lead second national prisons group


Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher B. Epps, who is president of the American Correctional Association, now also leads another major professional organization dedicated to improving correctional services and practices, according to a release from his office.

Epps began a two-year term as president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators on Sunday at the close of ASCA's business meetings in Salt Lake City, the release said.

";I appreciate the trust, respect and confidence of my peers," said Epps, who will mark his 12th year as Mississippi's corrections chief on Aug. 30. "I thank everyone for their prayers and support. Corrections is a tough and crucial field in our society today. Therefore, we should stop kicking the can down the road when it comes to determining whom we are mad at and whom we are afraid of."

ASCA's members include heads of corrections agencies in the 50 states and correctional facilities in Cook County (Chicago), Los Angeles County, the District of Columbia, New York City, Philadelphia, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, The Correctional Service of Canada, each province of Canada, and any United States territory, possession, and/or commonwealth.

Epps is believed to be the first person to simultaneously head both the ASCA and ACA, according to ASCA.