Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced Burl Cain as his appointment for the permanent Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) and Judge Sean Tindell for Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Governor Reeves made the announcements during today’s press briefing.
Following a months-long nationwide search for a qualified leader to reform MDOC, Governor Reeves has selected one of the country’s most experienced, battle-tested leaders. Having led reform efforts to transform the “Bloodiest Prison in America” into a place of hope, Burl Cain is a corrections giant who is uniquely qualified to ramp up reform efforts and rehabilitation within MDOC.
“Today, we took an important step forward to continue restoring the integrity of the Department of Corrections. I am grateful to my fellow Mississippians who helped in this task to scour the nation for the right candidate,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “We need a strong, experienced leader that Mississippians can trust, and I believe that person is Burl. I do not make this decision lightly. The safety and dignity of all within our system is at stake. Burl’s impressive, decades-long career in corrections, leading prison facilities and ushering in progressive measures to improve conditions is exactly what we need. We still have a long road ahead of us, but Burl will lead MDOC in the right direction.”
“I promise to do a great job, to help the Department of Corrections, and to do the four components essential to have a good prison. That’s good food, good praying, good playing, and good medicine,” said Burl Cain. “We’re going to have those four components, and that’s going to balance it out. I look forward to the challenges, I look forward to the job and lead Mississippi to have a great system. I thank you Governor for the faith and confidence to appoint me to Commissioner of the Department of Corrections.”