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Prison News | Mississippi

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Mississippi. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Education & Rehabilitation

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Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

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Gangs in Prison

  • Judge denies alleged Miss. gang leader's request for new lawyer in racketeering case
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request from an alleged Mississippi gang leader to have a different attorney appointed in a racketeering case....[more]

  • Accused Mississippi gang leader asks for new lawyer
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man described as the leader of a Mississippi chapter of the Simon City Royals street gang, Jason Marshall Bullock, has asked a federal judge to appoint him a different lawyer in a racketeering conspiracy case....[more]

  • Former Mississippi Corrections Officer Sentenced for Orchestrating Assault on Inmate
    Kenny McLaughlin, 35, a corrections officer at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility in Stone County, Miss., was sentenced today to serve one year in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of $6,000 for ordering the beating of an inmate at the detention facility in violation of federal civil rights laws. McLaughlin pleaded guilty on Mar. 29, 2013 to willfully violating the civil rights of persons in his custody. According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, on May 12, 2008, McLaughlin, while working as a corrections officer, ordered an inmate to arrange an unwarranted assault on another inmate. A...[more]

Health & Medical Treatment


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Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • Report: Mississippi Incarcerates More People Per Capita Than Russia and China . . . Combined
    There is a rather shocking statistic out of the International Centre for Prison Studies this week: Mississippi locks up more people per capita than China and Russia combined. It turns out the “Hospitality State” may continue to have one of the lowest rankings in public education and employment but they will put you in jail faster than Vladimir Putin can say do svidaniya....[more]

  • Task force learns Mississippi prisons cost projected to skyrocket
    JACKSON, Mississippi -- Unless something changes, members of a state task force were told the $361 million taxpayers are spending this year on prisons is projected to grow by $266 million over the next decade....[more]

  • Miss. sentencing, prison policies up for debate
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi judges and prosecutors told lawmakers Tuesday that they're tired of the uncertainty about how long people will stay in prison after sentencing....[more]

  • Grand jury recommends Harrison Co. jail expand
    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A Harrison County grand jury has again recommended the county jail's booking area be expanded to separate violent and nonviolent offenders for the safety of inmates and personnel....[more]

  • Doug Davis to head state Parole Board
    Gov. Phil Bryant has promoted former state Sen. Doug Davis of Hernando to head the five-member Mississippi Parole Board. Davis, a Republican, is an at-large parole board member who succeeded former Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin, who ......[more]

  • MDOC commissioner: 4 community work centers slated to close in about a month will remain open
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Four community work centers scheduled to close July 15 will remain open, the Mississippi Department of Corrections says....[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

  • Mississippi ranks near top for inmate deaths
    Daniel Cottrell committed suicide on Oct. 14, 2011, in his cell at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian just six years into his 20-year prison sentence for racketeering.

    He was 26 years old.

    From the time Cottrell entered state custody on Sept. 26, 2005, until the day he hanged himself, at least 373 other state inmates also lost their lives behind bars and helped push Mississippi's prison mortality rate to one of the highest in the nation, according to data from the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics....[more]


  • Officials believe prison inmate killed by cellmate
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A prisoner serving time for child molestation was strangled by a fellow inmate earlier this month at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, prison officials said Tuesday....[more]

  • Seeing Squalor and Unconcern in a Mississippi Jail
    JACKSON, Miss. — Open fires sometimes burn unheeded in the solitary-confinement units of the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, a privately run state prison in Meridian, 90 miles east of here....[more]

  • Justice Department Announces Investigation of Detention Center in Hinds County, Mississippi
    The Justice Department announced today that it is opening a pattern or practice investigation of Hinds County Detention Center including both the Hinds County facility in Raymond, Mississippi, and the Jackson Detention Center, in Jackson, Mississippi. The investigation will focus on whether Hinds County protects prisoners from harm at the hands of other prisoners and staff. Attorneys for the County Board and the Sheriff were notified on June 2, 2014. They pledged cooperation with the investigation...[more]

  • The Fifth Circuit turns its back on a huge forensics scandal in Mississippi
    With a curt, three-page ruling late last month, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the post-conviction petition of Tavares Flaggs, a Mississippi man currently serving a life sentence for murder.

    Flaggs was convicted in large part because of the testimony of Steven Hayne, a medical examiner who for about two decades was able to monopolize the autopsy business in Mississippi....[more]


  • Miss. officials probing fatal beating of inmate by other prisoner at Pearl state prison
    PEARL, Mississippi — An inmate fatally beat another prisoner at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, state prison officials said Monday....[more]

  • Vendor employee charged with taking contraband to Central Mississippi Correctional Facility
    PEARL, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a truck driver for a private vendor has been charged with taking drugs and other contraband to the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl....[more]

  • Former Mississippi Corrections Officer Sentenced for Orchestrating Assault on Inmate
    Kenny McLaughlin, 35, a corrections officer at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility in Stone County, Miss., was sentenced today to serve one year in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of $6,000 for ordering the beating of an inmate at the detention facility in violation of federal civil rights laws. McLaughlin pleaded guilty on Mar. 29, 2013 to willfully violating the civil rights of persons in his custody. According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, on May 12, 2008, McLaughlin, while working as a corrections officer, ordered an inmate to arrange an unwarranted assault on another inmate. A...[more]

  • MDOC preparing response to federal lawsuit over conditions at E. Miss. Correctional Facility
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State corrections officials have until July 17 to respond to a federal lawsuit that challenges conditions at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian in Lauderdale County....[more]

Prison Life & Culture

  • Inmates attempt to sneak drugs into jail
    CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — Two Alcorn County regional jail inmates are being returned to the state penitentiary in Parchman after attempting to smuggle drugs and contraband into the Corinth facility.

    ...[more]


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Suicides in Prison

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