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Crime Another inmate found dead inside understaffed Mississippi prison

10:40  23 january  2020
10:40  23 january  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

Mississippi ex-correctional officer who kicked, punched, stomped on inmate gets prison time

  Mississippi ex-correctional officer who kicked, punched, stomped on inmate gets prison time A former Mississippi corrections officer who kicked, punched, and stomped on an inmate was sentenced Friday to nearly 6 years in prison. Shelly Griffith, 29, who worked with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), pleaded guilty in December 2017 to violating the civil rights of an inmate Leon Hayes, by using excessive force against him, according to a news release from the Justice Department.Investigators said Griffith physically assaulted Hayes with a dangerous weapon on May 25, 2016.

- An inmate at a Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead , a coroner said Sunday. She said corrections officials reported the inmate had been irate and throwing feces before his death .

An inmate at a Mississippi prison was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead , a coroner said Sunday.

An inmate was found hanging inside his cell in an apparent suicide at the Mississippi State Penitentiary on Wednesday, authorities said. This is the latest death at the troubled facility at Parchman following a wave of violence at the understaffed prison.

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. The violence comes even as a federal judge has rejected claims that conditions in one Mississippi prison are unconstitutionally harsh. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)© 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. The violence comes even as a federal judge has rejected claims that conditions in one Mississippi prison are unconstitutionally harsh. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Prison guards discovered the unidentified inmate Wednesday morning in his one-man cell in Unit 29, a cell block officials deemed "unsafe" over its failing infrastructure. Heather Burton, the Sunflower County coroner, said the cause of death "appears consistent with ligature hanging." She said the official cause and manner of death are pending the results of an investigation and autopsy.

Two more inmates killed at troubled Mississippi prison

  Two more inmates killed at troubled Mississippi prison The recent deaths come after a recent spike in violence​ at prisons across the state.The Mississippi Department of Corrections has not yet identified the two inmates at the all-male facility known as Parchman Farm. The department called their deaths "isolated" and not a "continuation of the recent retaliatory killings.

Several inmates have been killed in Mississippi prisons in the past month, a crisis that ATLANTA — Prison officials in Mississippi said on Tuesday that two inmates were beaten to death at the “We are investigating further now.” Separately, an inmate was found dead in his cell on Saturday night

Two inmates were killed Monday night at an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks. The state Department of Corrections confirmed the deaths Tuesday but did not immediately release the names of the latest inmates killed at the Mississippi

The apparent suicide comes a day after two other inmates were found beaten to death inside their cells at Parchman. They were identified as Timothy Hudspeth and James Talley.

Twenty-nine inmates filed a federal lawsuit last week against the state claiming the living conditions at Parchman are unconstitutional. Rappers Jay-Z and Yo Gotti are paying for the lawyers in the case.

Jordan Siev, an outside lawyer representing the inmates, characterized the conditions in the state's prisons as "inhumane."

"What's happening runs counter to every integral value we as Americans hold as rights guaranteed to people here," Siev told CBS News in a phone interview this week. "The system is not running properly."

2 inmates in Mississippi prison die from 'blunt force' beatings

  2 inmates in Mississippi prison die from 'blunt force' beatings The deaths at Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman come after another inmate at the same facility apparently took his own life in his cell.The deaths come after another inmate at the same facility — Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman — had apparently taken his own life in his cell on Sunday, Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton said in a news release.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate died in a troubled state prison Wednesday, and state corrections officials said his death appeared to be a suicide by hanging. Another Parchman inmate was found dead Saturday hanging in a cell that investigators said was locked from the inside .

Another Mississippi inmate died in a troubled state prison Wednesday Prison Unrest Mississippi . Prisoner advocates hold signs supporting inmate rights at a protest outside the Another Parchman inmate was found dead Saturday hanging in a cell that investigators said was locked from the inside .

Almost half of the roughly 1,300 corrections positions in three major facilities in Mississippi remain unfilled. The suit blames the recent outbreaks of violence on the "culmination of years of severe understaffing and neglect at Mississippi's prisons."

Yo Gotti published an open letter in the Clarion-Ledger newspaper on Wednesday urging Governor Tate Reeves to declare a state of emergency.

"We recognize that there are people incarcerated in the [Mississippi Department of Corrections] for due cause — that they may be considered a danger to society," the letter reads in part. "We are asking that they be able to serve their sentences as human beings and not animals."

He added: "For if a goal of incarceration is rehabilitation, how can we ever hope to return these men to society when the extreme neglect and dangerous conditions under which they are subjected strips away every last bit of self-worth?"

Tyler Kendall contributed reporting.

Ninth inmate dies at Mississippi's Parchman prison .
A ninth inmate has died at Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman, the county coroner said on Sunday. © Courtesy Mississippi Department of Corrections The Mississippi Department of Corrections said no foul play is suspected in the most recent death at Parchman. The prisoner Joshua Norman, "was found hanging in his cell during a security check at 11:12 am.," Heather Burton, Sunflower County Coroner said in a statement. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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