Former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps asked a court to place him under house arrest. His bond was revoked on November 4 after he was arrested on November 2 for breaking into his former Flowood home and removing some lighting and fixtures. He is currently in custody.
Epps argued that he is not a flight risk and has appeared at every hearing. He claimed:
Factors such as electronic-monitoring, house-arrest, curfew and/or a third party custodian could and will reasonably assure any safety concern, and assure no chance of recividision.
Epps pleaded guilty to one count of bribery and one count of tax evasion. A federal grand jury had indicted him on 49 counts of tax evasion, conspiracy, money laundering, and bribery. Federal prosecutors stated he received over $1.4 million in bribes or kickbacks as he directed over $800 million in MDOC contracts to those willing to pay to play. He will be sentenced in May.