08 Aug 2013

MDCC Alumnus Rep. Taylor (R-Boyle) to Chair Corrections Committee

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn announced his appointment of Rep. Tommy Taylor (R-Boyle) to the position of chairman of the House Corrections Committee. Taylor replaces former Chairman Rep. George Flaggs (D-Vicksburg) who was sworn in as Mayor of Vicksburg on June 30.
    “I am pleased to appoint Rep. Taylor to fill this position as Chairman on the House Corrections Committee,” said Speaker Philip Gunn. “Rep. Taylor served as warden to a prison for many years. From an insider’s perspective, he knows how a corrections facility operates, and I trust that. I know he will guide the House to make efficient decisions related to Mississippi’s prison system.
    “We have a lot of work to do,” he continued. “As the number of incarcerations rise, so do the costs. We have to figure out how to better deal with this growing burden, now, and in the future.”
Rep. Taylor served as warden of Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility for approximately 12 years. Prior to that, he worked in law enforcement and corrections beginning in 1969. He has been in the Legislature for two years.
    “I feel honored with Speaker Gunn’s confidence in me to serve as the Chairman of the House Corrections Committee,” said Taylor. “I also share Speaker Gunn’s feelings that we have a lot of work to do to avoid compromising the public safety, as well as staff and inmate safety, while being accountable to the taxpayers of the State of Mississippi. With the continuous increase in the inmate population, the budget also increases. 
    “With those in state, county, municipal and judicial government working with the Department of Corrections, hopefully there will be a workable solution to accommodate all,” continued Taylor. “Again, I am looking forward to this challenge and am very honored and appreciative of this appointment from Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn.”