Ex-Louisiana warden confirmed as Mississippi prisons leader

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators have confirmed Burl Cain as the new commissioner of the state prison system.

The 77-year-old Cain is a former warden of Angola prison in Louisiana, and he faced ethics questions in that state.

A committee unanimously endorsed him Tuesday, and the Senate confirmed him Wednesday.

Mississippi’s prison system came under federal investigation early this year after inmates died during outbursts of violence.

Lawsuits filed on behalf of inmates say the State Penitentiary at Parchman is dangerous and infested by vermin. Cain says he will fix Parchman.

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