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MDOC continues lockdown at state prisons

The movement of inmates is limited to only emergencies. There will be no visitation this weekend.

Posted: Jan 2, 2020 3:18 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2020 10:14 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) continues its statewide lockdown of state prisons.

The movement of inmates is limited to only emergencies. There will be no visitation this weekend.

Four state inmates have died in the past few days.

One inmate died during a disturbance at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County on Sunday.

A fight at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman left one inmate dead on Tuesday.

A fight broke out Thursday morning at the Chickasaw County Regional Correctional Facility, killing one inmate.

A riot at Parchman Thursday left one inmate dead.

MDOC issued this statement on Thursday:

The Mississippi Department of Corrections continues a statewide lockdown for the safety of the public, staff, and inmates.

Therefore, movement of inmates is limited to only emergencies. As a result, there will be no visitation this weekend.

Interview and screening for potential correctional officers on Saturday at the three state prisons won’t be affected.

All available resources are being used to address disturbances occurring around the state. The MDOC is being responsive in investigating the violence.

Because of the active investigations, the agency is limited in providing additional information. Reporting allegations is irresponsible and could further jeopardize the safety of officers, inmates, and the public.

The safety of staff, inmates, and the public is always the agency’s focus.

The MDOC will keep the public informed as information becomes available that does not further jeopardize the safety of its institutions.

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