Mississippi department of corrections

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…

Jay-Z, Yo Gotti sue MDOC over conditions

Rappers Jay-Z and Yo Gotti filed a second lawsuit this week against the Mississippi Department of Corrections. This suit targets the state’s notorious Parchman Prison where at least nine inmates have died since the beginning of the year. It was…

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…

MDOC Escapee Captured in Saucier

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest of one of the two Mississippi Department of Corrections escapees. Sheriff Troy Peterson tells News 25 that 21-year-old Zachary Savoie was apprehended in Saucier on River Line Drive. Savoie is convicted…

MDOC Escapee Arrested

Today the Harrison County Sheriff's Department assisted in the arrest of one of the two Mississippi Department of Corrections escapees. Authorities say 21-year-old Zachary Savoie was apprehended in Saucier on River Line Drive. The second suspect 33-year-old Joshua Walton is…

MDOC Inmate Policy Postponed

A new policy affecting inmates and their families across Mississippi has been postponed. That policy would limit inmates’ visitation to only immediate family. Last week, Mississippi Department of Corrections officials announced the change that would limit inmates’ visits from only…

MDOC Commissioner Sentencing Delayed

The sentencing for former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps has been delayed. Epps was scheduled to be sentenced this morning. The former prisons chief pleaded guilty in February of 2015 to money laundering and filing false tax returns related to…

Inmate Work Program Will Stay on the Coast

While the Mississippi Department of Corrections will phase out the current Joint State County Work Program beginning tomorrow, its suspension will not affect inmate work programs here on the Coast.