JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi corrections commissioner says part of one state-run prison is on lockdown because of a staffing shortage.
Commissioner Pelicia Hall said in a news release Friday that visitation and other privileges are also canceled indefinitely at that prison, the South Mississippi Correctional Facility in Leakesville.
She said the prison was holding 3,051 inmates — only 31 short of capacity. She said the staffing vacancy rate there is 48 percent.
Movement is restricted in a part of the prison that houses more than 1,800 inmates. Other parts of the prison have normal operations.