Parchman

Federal probe finds severe problems in Mississippi prison

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prison violated inmates’ constitutional rights by failing to protect them from violence, meet their mental health needs or take adequate steps for suicide prevention, and by relying too much on prolonged solitary…

Disability advocates sue Mississippi over prison conditions

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An advocacy group for the disabled is suing Mississippi’s Department of Corrections, alleging disabled prisoners are suffering inhumane conditions at the state’s prisons. Disability Rights Mississippi filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against the department…

Contraband Raid at Parchman nets drugs, phones, liquor

JACKSON, MS – In an effort to rid Mississippi prisons of gang-related financial control, a search team of prison staff and investigators raided Unit 26 at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman last week. A horde of illegal contraband from cellphones…

All prisoners being moved from Parchman

Governor Tate Reeves announced efforts to reform one of Mississippi’s most dangerous prisons. The governor says prisoners from the State Penitentiary at Parchman infamous Unit 29 will be transferred to the nearby Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility. Nearly 400 inmates from…

Lawmakers seeking ways to improve Mississippi jails

Lawmakers are seeking ways to improve a prison system shaken by recent deadly violence and a related problem is looming. A judge said Tuesday that parole officers are ‘woefully underpaid and overworked.’ Circuit Judge Prentiss Harrell said the officers often…

State of the State Address

Prison reform was one of the main focuses of Governor Tate Reeves’ State of the State Address in Jackson today. In addition to the inmates dying while in custody, there have been several complaints about ‘inhumane,’ ‘unsanitary,’ and ‘unsafe’ conditions…

Prison reform advocates demand action

The latest death of an inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary is raising more red flags about the safety of the state’s prisons. Several groups that are part of the Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition spoke out following the third inmate…

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…