Mississippi inmate death toll rises amid Governor’s “state of emergency” extension

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate has died and the governor is extending an order allowing quick spending to try to fix prison problems.

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At least 16 inmates have died in Mississippi prisons since late December. A coroner says no foul play is expected in the death Monday. An autopsy will be done.

The Justice Department is investigating Mississippi prisons that have been rocked by violence.

Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday extended an emergency order issued by his predecessor last month.



Many jobs for Mississippi prison guards are unfilled.

Health inspections have found recurring problems, including clogged toilets and moldy showers.