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Two inmates found dead in East Mississippi correctional facility

LAUDERDALE, Miss. (WCBI)- The East Mississippi Correctional Facility is investigating the deaths of two inmates. Officers found 65-year-old Fritz Garcia unresponsive in his cell around 4 p.m. on Saturday. Medical staff administered CPR until paramedics arrived and transported Garcia to Rush Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Garcia was serving a life sentence for […]

Traffic stop leads to arrests in drug, weapons case

George County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men on drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop. Deputies with the George County Sheriff’s Office were patrolling in the Brushy Creek Road area of Rocky Creek on Oct. 22 when they made…

2 Mississippi inmates die in separate Jackson hospitals

JACKSON, Miss. (WCBI)- Two inmates from different prisons have died in separate Jackson hospitals. Mississippi Department of Corrections says 66-year-old Charles Bates died Friday at Merit Health Central. 44-year-old Thaddeus Antwon Scales died Thursday night at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Bates was serving a 27-year sentence in Rankin County for child pornography and […]

47-year-old inmate convicted of manslaughter dies in Jackson

JACKSON, MISS. (WCBI) – An inmate convicted of manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon dies in prison. Mississippi Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Krysta Lesherri Chewe died Sunday at Merit Health Central in Jackson. MDOC says Chewe had already been hospitalized there once this year. Chewe was sentenced in December of […]

Autopsies set after 2 central Mississippi inmates die

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says autopsies have been set for two inmates who died in custody in the last week. Albert Smith, a 69-year-old inmate at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County, was…

Inmate dies at George County jail due to complications of COVID-19

GEORGE COUNTY, Miss. (WXXV) — Early Saturday morning, a Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate housed in the George County Regional Correctional Facility, died at George Regional Hospital due to complications from COVID-19. The 48-year-old inmate was admitted to the hospital…

At least 24th Mississippi inmate dies since late December

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One Mississippi inmate has died at a Jackson hospital and another has died at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Autopsies will be done. At least 24 Mississippi inmates have died since late December. The state…

Coroner: Inmate dies, found hanging at a Mississippi prison

By Associated Press PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) - A coroner says an inmate has died after being found hanging at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, which was a focus of recent deadly unrest. Coroner Heather Burton said in a statement…

Mississippi: Wide search for new leader of troubled prisons

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is looking nationwide for a new prisons director. The state's prisons are reckoning with a recent outburst of violence that left five inmates dead and others injured, along with…

Lawsuit says Mississippi prisons are 'plagued by violence'

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than two dozen Mississippi inmates are suing the state. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the state's understaffed prisons are “plagued by violence.” In a separate development, federal authorities on…

Legal group seeks federal inquiry into Mississippi prisons

By JEFF AMY and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Prisoner advocates are calling on the federal government to investigate Mississippi’s prison system for possible civil rights violations. They say five deaths in recent days highlights deliberate…

Two Facing Bribery Charges In Epps Case

Set to appear in court today one of two people indicted on bribery charges in the kick back corruption case involving former MDOC commissioner Christopher Epps. 53 year old Mark Longoria, the CEO of a drug testing corporation, is set…

Hearing For Former MDOC Commissioner

This morning, a hearing began in federal court on evidence of how much the bribes taken by former corrections commissioner Christopher Epps cost Mississippi taxpayers. That determination will in turn influence how long Epps spends in prison for money laundering…