JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) lifted its lockdown of 13 regional prisons following riots and the deaths of five inmates last week across the state.
However, the Chickasaw County Correctional Facility and the Yazoo County Correctional Facility remain on lockdown, as of Tuesday morning.
The lockdowns limit the movement of inmates to only emergencies.
The state first locked down its prisons after an inmate died at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Green County on Dec. 29. The inmate, later identified as 40-year-old Terrandance Dobbins, died during a major disturbance, MDOC said.
Three inmates died the following days at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Walter Gates died Wednesday after he was stabbed multiple times during a riot. Roosevelt Holliman was stabbed multiple times during a gang-related riot on Thursday. He died from his injuries. Denorris Howell got into a fight with a cellmate Friday morning. Howell's death is believed to be unrelated to the other deaths.
A fight at the Regional Correctional Facility in Chickasaw County on Thursday left Gregory Emary dead.
Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall said investigators believe four of five killings were committed by gang members, The Associated Press reported.
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