Video footage that was recorded by an inmate, shows conditions inside of the Mississippi Prison System, where five inmates have been brutally killed and two have escaped following extreme rioting
— Ashanti White (@whiteashanti18) January 4, 2020
The footage was captured at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, As the inmates walk through the hallways of the prison, they make claims on video of widespread mildew, mold, no electricity, no working plumbing, no heat and sleeping accommodations.
The Mississippi Department of Correction released a statement about the rioting
“Four inmates have died and several have been injured at two state prisons and one regional during major disturbances since Sunday. One death occurred at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution, in Leakesville, two at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, and one at the Chickasaw County Regional Correctional Facility in Houston, Miss, investigators have determined a fifth death and a minor fire, both at MSP, are unrelated to the major disturbances.”
Experts say the string of deaths underscores the long festering problems within Mississippi’s prison system, which has one of the nation’s highest incarceration rates and has been scrutinized over questionable inmate fatalities.
“Not to be dismissive of the seriousness of these events, but nobody should be surprised about what we’re seeing,” said Cliff Johnson, the director of the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law. “We’ve been predicting this and expecting this with widespread violence in facilities that are in many instances out of control.”
We have obtained video that corroborates what we reported on Jan. 2nd in our original story on the website. We have been the only outlet to report that Inmates have been moved from unit 29 to Unit 32 – a unit that has been condemned for 10 years. They are sleeping on floors. pic.twitter.com/iyojXM0uRf
— Black With No Chaser (@BlackNoChaser) January 5, 2020