Gov. Tate Reeves is shutting down “Unit 29” inside the prison where 9 inmates have died


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says the state will take steps to close part of a notorious prison that has been rocked by deadly violence.

Reeves gave his first State of the State speech Monday.

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He said he’s asking the state Department of Corrections to start closing down Unit 29 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

The state’s interim commissioner of corrections, Tommy Taylor, says plumbing and electrical problems are being repaired.

Taylor says the immediate goal is to make Parchman “livable”until inmates can be moved.

Reeves outlined other priorities in the speech, including pay raises for teachers and improvements to foster care.