BALDWYN, Miss. (WTVA) — Governor Tate Reeves shared a bit more about his order to close Unit 29 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman in the wake of multiple inmate deaths there.
The Republican revealed the decision concerning the unit during Monday's State of the State address.
Reeves told reporters Tuesday after an economic development announcement in Lee County closing Unit 29 does not necessarily mean everyone moves out of the unit, which takes up multiple buildings and houses approximately 1,000 inmates.
"It may be that we find that Death Row itself ought to stay in that particular building," said Reeves. "But we've got to get the vast majority of those inmates out because it improves our staffing-inmate ratios."
The governor added the unit's inmates could move to other state facilities or private prisons.
He said the regional jails that hold some state inmates could take more inmates to clear space for the Unit 29 inmates to move elsewhere.
"They (the regional jails) wouldn't necessarily take the inmates that are in Unit 29, but we've got to reallocate assets within the system.," said Reeves. "We are committed to do that."