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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