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Appeals court won't rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

Jan. 17, 2020 3:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi's only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic d oes...

This is an undated Mississippi booking photo provided by Department of Corrections shows Willie Nash. . The Mississippi Supreme Court confirmed Nash's 12-year prison sentence for carrying his mobile phone into a county jail cell,  on Jan. 9, 2020. The ruling on the 2018 sentencing is being slammed by some people as a brutal example of racial injustice. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

12-year sentence for jail phone is 'failure,' justice says

Jan. 16, 2020 7:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court's confirmation of a 12-year prison sentence for an African American man who carried his mobile phone into a county jail cell is being slammed as a brutal example of racial injustice. Even one of the justices who joined in the unanimous ruling said that...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves reacts to a question during a news conference regarding his establishing a diverse group of experienced Mississippians to help with a nationwide search for a new Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) commissioner, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor: Prison violence was a 'catastrophe'

Jan. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's new governor said Thursday that the state will conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead a state prison system that's reckoning with what he called a “catastrophe” — a recent outburst of deadly violence and longstanding problems with...

This combination photo of undated file photos released by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Roosevelt Holliman, left, who was beaten and stabbed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Jan. 2, 2020, and Denorris Howell, who was found dead in his cell on Jan. 3. More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, Jan. 14, saying understaffed prisons are

Lawsuit says Mississippi prisons are 'plagued by violence'

Jan. 15, 2020 10:20 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, saying understaffed prisons are “plagued by violence” and inmates are forced to live in decrepit and dangerous conditions. The federal lawsuit follows an outbreak of violence that killed five inmates and...

Prisoner advocates hold signs supporting inmate rights at a protest outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The protesters called on the federal government to investigate Mississippi's prison system for possible civil rights violations. They say five deaths in recent days highlights deliberate violations of inmates' constitutional rights. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Legal group seeks federal inquiry into Mississippi prisons

Jan. 7, 2020 5:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — 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...

This combination of photos made available by the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 shows inmates David May, 42, and Dillion Williams, 27. They were discovered missing about 1:45 a.m. Saturday from the state penitentiary at Parchman, Miss. May was convicted of aggravated assault in Harrison County. Williams was convicted of aggravated assault and burglary in Marshall County. (MDOC via AP)

1 of 2 escapees from troubled Mississippi prison in custody

Jan. 5, 2020 4:03 AM EST

One of two prisoners believed to have escaped from one of several Mississippi prisons recently rocked by violence is back in custody, authorities said early Sunday. The Mississippi Department of Corrections tweeted just before 3:30 a.m. that David May was in custody. Further details weren't immediately released....

This combination of photos made available by the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 shows inmates David May, 42, and Dillion Williams, 27. They were discovered missing about 1:45 a.m. Saturday from the state penitentiary at Parchman, Miss. May was convicted of aggravated assault in Harrison County. Williams was convicted of aggravated assault and burglary in Marshall County. (MDOC via AP)

Mississippi says two inmates escaped from troubled prison

Jan. 4, 2020 4:48 PM EST

Mississippi authorities were searching for two prisoners believed to have escaped Saturday from one of several prisons rocked by violence that has left at least five inmates dead in the past week. Gov. Phil Bryant on Saturday said via Twitter that he has directed “the use of all necessary assets and...

FILE - In this July 21, 2010, photograph, employees leave the front gate 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, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, rejected claims that conditions in one Mississippi prison are unconstitutionally harsh. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi prison chief says 4 of 5 killings done by gangs

Jan. 3, 2020 7:31 PM EST

Mississippi's outgoing prisons chief said Friday that at least some of the five killings of inmates since Sunday stem from gang violence, as guards struggle to maintain control of restive inmates. “These are trying times for the Mississippi Department of Corrections,” Commissioner Pelicia Hall said...

File - In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Pelicia Hall, Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner. speaks before a meeting of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Fiscal Year 2020 hearing in Jackson, Miss. A federal judge has rejected claims that conditions in a Mississippi prison are unconstitutionally harsh. His ruling comes amid violence at three other corrections facilities that resulted in the deaths of three inmates this week.
U.S. District Judge William Barbour ruled Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, that while conditions may have previously been poor at East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian, there's no longer any evidence that the privately run prison is violating inmates' rights. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

4th death in Mississippi prisons; judge says other prison OK

Jan. 2, 2020 9:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate has died at the hands of a fellow inmate, bringing the death toll to four in 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...

Mississippi vows further appeal after loss on abortion ban

Dec. 14, 2019 12:53 PM EST

Mississippi's outgoing governor vowed Saturday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks. "We will sustain our efforts to fight for America’s unborn children," Republican Phil Bryant wrote on Twitter. “Mississippi will continue this mission to the United...