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Mississippi inmate tries to hang self in cell, attorney says

An attorney says in court papers that an inmate tried to hang himself at a troubled Mississippi prison and was taken down by a state trooper.

Posted: Feb 1, 2020 10:56 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An attorney says in court papers that an inmate tried to hang himself at a troubled Mississippi prison and was taken down by a state trooper.

Casey L. Austin is one of the attorneys representing inmates in a lawsuit against Mississippi over prison conditions.

The inmates' lawsuit is funded by Team Roc, a philanthropic group connected to entertainment mogul Jay-Z's company, Roc Nation.

Austin said in papers filed Saturday that he was at Parchman prison Friday to interview inmates.

He said he heard a trooper say he had just taken down an inmate who tried to hang himself.

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says department is investigating.

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