JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary died has died in the prison’s hospital, and an autopsy will be done.
The state Department of Corrections said in a news release Friday that 64-year-old Anthony Bell was pronounced dead Thursday.
Bell was serving a 20-year sentence for a 2012 sexual battery conviction in DeSoto County.
At least 88 inmates have died in Mississippi prisons since late December.
Several died during outbursts of violence in late December and early January. The U.S. Justice Department announced in February that it is investigating the state’s prison system.