Mississippi Department of Corrections suspends visitation due to rise in COVID cases

Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain announced Tuesday that to protect Mississippi’s 17,300 prisoners, MDOC is suspending all visitation in state prisons until further notice to diminish the possibility of infection from the COVID delta variant.

Starting in February, MSDH prioritized vaccinating prisoners, giving over 20,000 vaccines to MDOC.

To date, 99 percent of inmates at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility have been fully vaccinated, 93 percent at Parchman, and 82 percent at South Mississippi Correctional Institute in Greene County.

Cain says resuming visitation depends entirely on how quickly the delta variant is under control.

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