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Republican Gov. Tate Reeves speaks with reporters about the state prison system, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Reeves also gave an update on the search for a Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi moving more inmates out of troubled state prison

Feb. 19, 2020 5:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi on Wednesday started transferring more inmates out of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said about 50 inmates were moved from the Mississippi State Penitentiary...

Another Mississippi inmate dies; no signs of injuries

Feb. 16, 2020 8:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A 42-year-old inmate has died in Mississippi, making him at least the 18th prisoner to die in the state's troubled prison system since late December, corrections officials said Sunday. An officer serving breakfast on Sunday found David Lee May unresponsive in his cell at the Central...

California death row inmate dies; prisoner killed in attack

Feb. 15, 2020 10:00 PM EST

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A death row inmate died Saturday at a hospital, while the previous day another prisoner was killed after two inmates attacked him, California officials said. John Abel — who was sentenced to death row for killing a man in 1991 during a robbery at a bank in Orange County...

Another Mississippi inmate dies; no foul play suspected

Feb. 15, 2020 7:58 PM EST

An inmate in Mississippi died Saturday, making him at least the 17th inmate in the state's troubled prison system to have died in less than two months. No foul play is suspected in the death of Bobby Lewis Vance, 54, the Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release. Officials said Vance died at a...

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo Sherren Smith, mother of inmate Wesley Clayton's children, holds a set of photographs of the lower left arm that was broken in a recent prison riot at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, following a joint hearing of the House Corrections and Judiciary B Committees, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Clayton's family says the arm was left untreated for about a month. They credit a lawmaker for intervening and getting the inmate medical treatment. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi inmate with broken arm waits weeks for a cast

Feb. 14, 2020 2:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As the Justice Department investigates deaths and violence in the Mississippi prison system, one inmate had to wait about a month to get a cast on his arm that was broken during a prison riot, people close to the injured man say. They said Wesley Clayton only got help after people...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves speaks with reporters about the state prison system, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Reeves also gave an update on the search for a Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi inmate death toll rises amid emergency extension

Feb. 10, 2020 9:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate died Monday, the same day the governor extended an emergency order allowing the state to quickly spend money to try to resolve problems in a prison system beset by violence and poor living conditions. The two developments were announced separately, and there...

Fights, isolation: Feds say SC doesn't protect young inmates

Feb. 5, 2020 8:48 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina juvenile prison violates the civil rights of its young inmates by failing to protect them from fights, forcing them to spend days or weeks in isolation for minor offenses and failing to get them mental health when they threaten to harm or kill themselves, federal...

Circuit Judge Prentiss G. Harrell addresses senators during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary B and Corrections Committees at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., regarding the findings of a Corrections and Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Judge: Mississippi parole officers 'underpaid & overworked'

Feb. 4, 2020 11:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As Mississippi lawmakers seek ways to improve a prison system shaken by recent deadly violence, a related problem is looming: A judge said Tuesday that parole officers are “woefully underpaid and overworked." Circuit Judge Prentiss Harrell said parole officers often handle...

Mississippi has at least 15th inmate death in recent weeks

Feb. 3, 2020 10:53 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another inmate has died in Mississippi, bringing the total to at least 15 in the state prison system since late December. Jesus Garcia, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility, according to a statement from Management &...

FILE -In this March 12, 2016 file photo, the sign to The William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala., is displayed.  The Alabama Department of Corrections on Jan. 28, 2020 announced plans to largely shutter Holman Correctional Facility because of infrastructure problems.   (Sharon Steinmann/AL.com via AP, File)

Alabama to shutter aging, dilapidated prison

Jan. 29, 2020 6:40 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state prison in Alabama will be largely shut down because of infrastructure problems, the state corrections commissioner announced Wednesday in the latest upheaval of a troubled system that has struggled with crowding, low staffing and violence. The main building of Holman...