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…

Video: Social Advocacy Groups & Black With No Chaser Unite in the Fight To Hold MDOC Accountable for Prison Disaster

True to this… not new to this. Black With No Chaser’s commitment to the struggle and to the people of their community has always been the motivating factor behind its creation. A multifaceted startup – it is not merely a storyteller for the movement, but an advocate actively engaged within it. Joining the Poor People’s Campaign, People’s Advocacy Institute, NAACP, One Voice Mississippi, Southern Poverty Law Center, and others; Black With No Chaser is committed to being a change agent. The State of Mississippi has failed the men and women housed…

Video: Purportedly Shows Parchman Inmates Being Housed in Condemned Unit 32 & Forced to Sleep on Floors

As we reported on January 2nd and were the first to report nationally: inmates at Parchman that were being housed in Unit 29 have been moved to Unit 32. This is footage from inside that confirms the fact that the inmates are in Unit 32 – Parchman is a maximum security prison and there would be no way for them to be present in 32 without having been moved there.In our previous article describing a timeline of events at Parchman we wrote: Inmates that were in Unit 29 (where Walter…