Mississippi Shuffles 2 High-Level Jobs In Prison System

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi corrections commissioner announced two changes for high-level jobs in the state prison system on Wednesday.

Commissioner Burl Cain said he is appointing Marc McClure as the new superintendent of Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

Cain also said he is naming Ronald King as the new director of private and regional facilities for the Department of Corrections. King was McClure's successor at Central Mississippi, which is the largest prison in the state.

McClure has worked for the Department of Corrections since 1998. The West Point native has worked as a special response team commander; probation and parole agent; agent supervisor; and community corrections director.

The 4,000-bed Central Mississippi prison currently has 3,188 male and female inmates. A Department of Corrections news release said McClure will oversee minimum- and maximum-security inmates, 700 staffers and all aspects of safety, conditions, food, sanitation, recruiting and education at the prison.

“Marc McClure has devoted his life to law enforcement, investigations, incarceration and rehabilitation,” Cain said in the release. “He is versed in every aspect of prison administration as well as the psychology of inmates, but most importantly he brings a compassion for prisoners and wants them to have opportunities for a better life.”

McClure said he will work to make Mississippi prisons "not just the safest but the most progressive in terms of real-life rehabilitation that works."

King was superintendent of Central Mississippi Correctional Facility for six years. Before that, he spent 11 years as superintendent of South Mississippi Correctional Institution.

Cain said of King: “He excelled in keeping CMCF safe and calm through various periods of unrest because he listened to inmates and officers. We need that leadership to better communicate with our three private prisons and fifteen regional prisons.”

The U.S. Justice Department announced in February 2020 that it had launched an investigation into conditions in Mississippi prisons after disturbances week earlier had left some inmates dead and others injured. Gov. Tate Reeves announced in May that he had chosen Cain, the former warden of Louisiana's Angola prison, as the new Mississippi corrections commissioner. State senators confirmed Cain in June.