Two inmates die at Mississippi State Pentiteniary

Officials say one inmate died Thursday and one Friday.

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 2:15 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2020 2:46 PM

PARCHMAN, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Department of Corrections is reporting two more deaths at the State Penitentiary in Parchman.

The agency announced the deaths in a news release Friday afternoon.

Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton reports one inmate died at the prison medical center Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m.

She says the medical center notified her of the second death around 9 a.m. Friday morning.

Burton says there is no sign of foul play in either death.

She is transporting both bodies to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Pearl for an autopsy.

The names of those who died are not being released pending the notification of next of kin.

This year, 21 people have died while in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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