JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - An officer from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) will be tasked with uncovering criminal activity at the State Penitentiary at Parchman and throughout the Department of Corrections.
On his first day in office, Gov. Tate Reeves instructed the Department of Public Safety to assign an officer from MBI to serve at Parchman.
The officer will be stationed at Parchman to investigate any criminal activity, done by inmates of correctional staff, and provide a full, independent investigation.
"The ultimate responsibility for violence always lies with those who carry it out,” Reeves said. “But in this moment, we must ask if there is more that we can do to eliminate the opportunity for such actions. Can we do more to provide for peace? I believe we can. To do so, we must get to the heart of the problem. And it starts with bringing order to Parchman.”
Recent violence at Parchman claimed the lives of three inmates, two of which were gang-related.
Mississippi is currently searching to find the Department of Correction's next commissioner. In the meantime, the governor appointed Tommy Taylor to serve as the interim commissioner.