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Inmate serving assault conviction dies in Mississippi prison

An inmate serving a 30-year sentence for assault died Thursday in the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release that no foul play is suspected in the death of Lamar Kitchens, 61. An autopsy will be done. Kitchens is at least the 28th Mississippi inmate to die since late ...

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Inmate serving life sentence dies in Mississippi prison

A inmate serving a life sentence on a murder conviction died Monday at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. The state Department of Corrections said no foul play is suspected and an autopsy would be done. The person was at least the 26th Mississippi inmate to die since late December, and the state prison system is under investigation by the U.S. Justice ...

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Mississippi inmate dies after collapsing at regional prison

An autopsy will be done on an inmate who died after he became ill while talking to a relative on the telephone, the Mississippi Department of Corrections said. Limarion Reaves, 28, collapsed Tuesday at the Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility in DeKalb. Warden Johnny Crockett said medical staff used CPR and a defibrillator until an ambulance arrived, the department said in ...

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Analysis: Troubled prison system requires intense attention

Top Mississippi officials acknowledge the state is facing a crisis with its prison system, with five inmates killed and others injured in recent mayhem. Two days after he was inaugurated last week, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves described the violence as a “catastrophe.” He appointed a group to conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead the Mississippi Department ...

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Mississippi, lacking guards, sends inmates to private prison

Mississippi’s prison system signed a 90-day contract to shift 375 inmates from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to a nearby private lockup, saying it doesn’t have the guards to safely keep the inmates in state custody in the wake of recent violence. The state and CoreCivic announced the contract Thursday, a day after it was signed. The inmates were ...

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Legal group seeks federal inquiry into Mississippi prisons

Prisoner advocates are calling on the federal government to investigate Mississippi’s prison system for possible civil rights violations, saying the violence of recent days highlights deliberate violations of inmates’ constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. The Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups say they will send the letter Tuesday to the U.S. Department of Justice. ...

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Ebbers granted early release from prison

A federal judge has authorized the release of former WorldCom Inc. Chief Executive Bernie Ebbers from prison after more than 13 years because of his deteriorating health, according to The Wall Street Journal. Judge Valerie Caproni on Wednesday granted one of his daughter’s request for a compassionate release from a federal prison medical facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Court papers ...

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Mississippi prison loses contract, Michigan prison to reopen

A private prison in Mississippi could be in danger of closing, while one in Michigan is reopening, after the federal Bureau of Prisons awarded contracts Wednesday to imprison noncitizens convicted of certain felonies. CoreCivic says Thursday that it’s seeking other users for the 2,200-bed Adams County Correctional Center near Natchez, which employs 380 workers. Spokesman Steve Owen says the Nashville, ...

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