Crime Gangs allegedly run Mississippi prison where inmates were killed

15:50  07 january  2020
15:50  07 january  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

Mississippi inmate becomes fifth to be killed inside the state's prisons this week

  Mississippi inmate becomes fifth to be killed inside the state's prisons this week An inmate who was stabbed to death Friday at a Mississippi prison has become the fifth to be killed inside the state’s correctional facilities this week. © AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File FILE - In this May 19, 2010, file photograph, traffic moves past the front of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss. Another Mississippi inmate died at the hands of a fellow inmate, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, this time, at the penitentiary, bringing the death toll to four amid disturbances over the past week in the state prison system.

Authorities in Mississippi are searching for to find the two inmates - Dillion Williams (left) and David May (right) - who escaped Mississippi State Penitentiary at Cops are hunting for two felons who escaped a Mississippi prison plagued by gang violence where three inmates were killed this week.

Mississippi 's outgoing prisons chief said Friday that four of the five killings of inmates since Sunday stem from gang violence, as guards struggle to Then on Thursday, Gregory Emary, 26, was killed at the Chickasaw County Regional Correctional Facility, a county- run jail that holds state inmates .

Calls for prison reform are rising after a spike in violence in correctional facilities in Mississippi. In the last 10 days, five inmates were killed in different state prisons.

Three inmates were murdered in three days at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, an all-male facility in Parchman, Mississippi known as Parchman Farm. Two inmates also escaped the facility last week amid a week of riots, but they have since been caught.

'Gangs are at war': Fifth Mississippi prison death reported as violence continues

  'Gangs are at war': Fifth Mississippi prison death reported as violence continues Five inmates at Mississippi prisons have been killed in less than a week. Officials confirmed some of the "major disturbances" are gang-related.Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton said the three killings in three days at Parchman is "unprecedented" in her 12 years in office.

Williams is serving 40 years for aggravated assault and burglary in Marshall County.' Gangs are at war':Fifth Mississippi prison death reported as violence continuesWho are they?: Inmates killed during Mississippi 's prison violenceMississippi Department of Corrections officials have offered

Two inmates are missing from the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman after five prisoners were killed and several others injured this week across the state's corrections system. The state's prisons are on lockdown as authorities try to identify what sparked the violence at three

Inmates at Parchman Farm claim gangs run the place, CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports.

"My little brother stabbed, beat up, just in a cell, and then they're putting him in cells with the rivalry. How could you do that?" Angel Taylor asked.

At least one lawsuit alleges "barbaric" conditions at the prison, including rats, open sewage, abusive guards and corruption. Yet since 2014, Mississippi has slashed funding and staffing, and gangs like the Vice Lords and Black Gangster Disciples have thrived inside.

" a sign in front of a building: mississippi-prison-1.jpg© CBS News mississippi-prison-1.jpg We are going to stop it. We have it under control as best we can," Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said.

But almost half of the roughly 1,300 corrections positions in three major facilities in Mississippi remain unfilled. Even with a degree, guards start around $26,000, which is around the national poverty level for a family of four.

Two Mississippi inmates missing amid rash of prison violence

  Two Mississippi inmates missing amid rash of prison violence A search was underway Saturday for two violent inmates missing from a Mississippi state penitentiary, corrections officials said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Inmates David May, 42, and Dillion Williams, 27, were discovered missing from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman during a 1:45 a.m. emergency count, officials said in a Facebook post.

Five Mississippi inmates were killed in a week, officials say. An inmate is missing from the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman after five prisoners were killed and several others 29 were partly provoked by gangs , the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) said.

An inmate who busted out of a troubled Mississippi prison where three others died last week was still on the run Monday as the state’s governor Two inmates were stabbed to death at the facility last week and one was found dead in his jail cell in a series of killings that Mississippi ’s outgoing prisons

Sixty-five percent of the state's corrections officers are women "because men don't want the jobs," said Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter who has looked into Mississippi's prison problems for years.

The gangs are "in charge of where you sleep, where you eat, how much you get to eat," Mitchell said. "I mean you have towers that are empty, you know, that used to have guards that don't have guards now. And what do you do?"

State officials admit the gangs are a problem, but deny they're out of control. At Parchman, state police were working 12-hour shifts inside. Some said they're needed because many regular corrections officers stopped showing up for work because it's too dangerous.

Mississippi is inaugurating GOP's Tate Reeves as governor .
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Tate Reeves is being inaugurated as the new governor of Mississippi on Tuesday, ascending to the state's highest office after serving the past eight years as lieutenant governor and the eight years before that as the elected state treasurer. © Provided by Associated Press Gov. Phil Bryant ponders a response to a question regarding his legacy following a life of public service, while sitting in his Jackson, Miss., Capitol office, Jan. 8, 2020. A set of tablets bearing the Ten Commandments rests in a corner. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves will be sworn into office at noon Tuesday, Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Rogelio V.

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