Report: 15th Mississippi inmate dies in August; MDOC requests help

By Zac Carlisle

Fri Aug 31 13:39:19 PDT 2018

Update 4:15 p.m.

MDOC Commissioner Pelicia Hall is requesting the assistance of two outside agencies to investigate inmate deaths in August. 

"I have been communicating with the FBI and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety regarding our deaths," Commissioner Hall said today. "While we believe that most of the reported deaths during the month of August are from illnesses or natural causes, such as cancer and heart disease, based on available information, we are seeking assistance from others outside the department in the interest of transparency. My administration is committed to ensuring that all individuals in the department's care receive appropriate medical care."

Update 08/31/18 3:44 p.m.

The Clarion-Ledger identifies the inmate as Earl Davis, 55. He died at Promise Hospital in Vicksburg. The newspaper reports he had been hospitalized for nearly three weeks. 

See the original post below. 

GREENE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Another inmate has died in Mississippi, bringing the August total to 15 deaths.

MississippiToday.org reports a male inmate housed at South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville died on Thursday, August 30.

Greene County Coroner Ladd Pulliam says the unnamed inmate died of natural causes.