Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition Responds to Gov. Tate Reeves’ Announcement of Parchman Unit 29 Closure

Full Statement Via MS Prison Reform Coalition: Last Friday, we held a rally at the State Capitol attended by over 600 people to demand that our elected representatives shut down Parchman and enact prison system reforms. Yesterday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that the state will be closing the notoriously inhumane Parchman Unit 29, where multiple deaths have occurred in the last month alone.  While we are hopeful that Gov. Reeves will follow through with this promise, we can not ignore the fact that he failed to provide a detailed plan…

Video: The Video Appears to show Another Day, Another MDOC Death #MSPrisonReformNow

In the early Sunday Morning Hours we received a video purporting to show another man who appeared to not be breathing or moving and who the men on the video stated was dead. They banged on the windows attempting to get the attention of guards stating that the man had been laying unresponsive for hours. Over $345 million is spent on MDOC each year by taxpaying citizens of the state of Mississippi and in less than a month this would be the 11th reported death with other injuries and possible…

My Survival Story: Formerly Incarcerated in MDOC’s Hell, I Know The Reasons We Must Fight For Change

In 2012, despite the wonderful places I thought my life would go, I ended up in prison and how I got there is just as important as what I experienced, but that would require an entirely separate series of articles. Upon entering prison you realize a few things – that no one is safe, that your life no longer matters, and that no one can hear you scream. I entered on a hot day and smelled the feces and dirty bodies upon entering the zone. Temps in the summertime at…

Death toll rises to ten at Parchman State Penitentiary

New reports of the nearly month-long mayhem at Parchman State Penitentiary indicate another incarcerated person has died as a result of hanging. This latest death brings the total number of deaths at the prison to ten within less than a month. Details surrounding the latest death are still being updated at this time. In response to the horrendous events over the last month and the long-standing inhumane conditions of some of Mississippi’s prisons, activists have been busy with campaigns to call out the state’s handling of the prisons and to…