Timeline: 18 inmates dead since late-December

“Pressure on Prisons” will air every Wednesday night for the next several weeks at 6:00 on WTVA 9 News.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 6:58 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2020 10:53 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Since late-December, 18 inmates have died in state prisons across Mississippi.

Starting Wednesday, WTVA anchor Emily Leonard will dive deeper into our prisons – from the climbing inmate death toll to under-funding, under-staffing, overpopulation, gang violence, lawsuits, and living conditions. She’ll also talk with former inmates.

This special “Pressure on Prisons” will air every Wednesday night at 6:00 on WTVA 9 News.

December 29 - Terrandance Dobbins died in what the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) called a major disturbance at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Green County.

December 31 - MDOC Commissioner Pelicia Hall announced she would step down in mid-January.

Late-night December 31 – A riot among inmates happened at the State Penitentiary at Parchman. Inmate Walter Gates was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. The coroner said he suffered multiple stab wounds, possibly from a shank.

January 2 – A fight at the Regional Correctional Facility in Chickasaw County Gregory left Emary dead.

January 2 – Parchman inmate Roosevelt Holliman was stabbed multiple times during a gang-related riot.

January 3Denorris Howell died after a fight in his cell at Parchman. He died from neck injuries.

January 8 – A.D. Mills, a Parchman inmate, died of natural causes at a hospital in Clarksdale.

January 13Jerry Williams, the second in command at MDOC, said he would retire two days later.

January 16 – Newly-elected Gov. Tate Reeves announced he named Tommy Taylor to serve as MDOC’s interim commissioner.

January 18Gabriel Carmen, was found hanging in his cell at Parchman.

January 20James Talley and Timothy Hudspeth suffered fatal injuries during a fight at Parchman.

January 22Thomas Lee was found dead from an apparent suicide at Parchman.

January 23Joshua Norman was found hanging in his cell at Parchman.

January 25Jermaine Tyler was found unresponsive in his unit at the privately-operated Marshall County Correctional Facility. There were no initial signs of foul play, according to the private company, Management & Training Corporation.

January 28Limarion Reaves collapsed at the Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility.

January 30 - Nora Ducksworth died at the Marshall County Correctional Facility. A spokesman for the prison’s operating company said no foul play was suspected in the death.

February 1 - Jesus Garcia died at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. A spokesperson for the private-operated prison said there were no obvious signs of assault.

February 10 – James Brown died at the hospital at Parchman. No foul play was suspected in the death.

February 15 - Bobby Vance died at a Jackson hospital. No foul play was suspected.

February 16 – David May was found unresponsive in his cell at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. There were no obvious signs of injuries, per MDOC.

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