CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - A former Parchman inmate who spent around eight years at the penitentiary spoke with WTVA about what life was like inside.
Steven Austin is one of the many who are asking for changes with the Mississippi prison system after the events over the last week.
Over the last week and a half, five inmates died and two inmates escaped throughout the state.
Three of those deaths occurred in the Mississippi Penitentiary at Parchman.
"I feel like they are scared,” Austin said. “That they are scared for their own life because they don't know. They probably aren't even sleeping."
Austin got out of prison in 2016; he said Parchman was by far the worst of the bunch.
"Prison is what you make of it, but is corrupt,” Austin said. “You have guards that do things down there, they give keys to inmates and let them in and out."
Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton said two of the deaths were in gang-related riots.
"Prison is prison don't get me wrong,” Austin said. “I think the government, the state of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, Tate Reeves or someone could do something if they wanted to."
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