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 Gates and Unnamed Deceased were being housed) are now moved to Unit 32. Unit 32 is sometimes referred to as a “Death Trap.” Unit 32 is a CLOSED UNIT that has not been utilized since 2010. It is the former Death Row Facility and Was Closed Due to Poor Conditions when the ACLU won a Victory to have it shut down due to the deaths of multiple inmates in the facility.
According to wikipedia: The $41 million unit opened in August 1990, increasing MSP’s maximum security bed space by over 15 percent; during that year Mississippi officials said that the prison needed more maximum security space after Unit 32’s opening.Prior to Unit 32’s opening, MSP had 56 “lockdown” cells for prisoners they designated as difficult prisoners. By 2003 the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of six inmates, alleging poor conditions in Unit 32’s death row. In 2007 three inmates in Unit 32 were murdered by other inmates in a several month span. During that year a guard at Unit 32 said that under-staffing contributed to the security lapses. In 2010 MDOC and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached an agreement to close Unit 32.
This story is developing and will be updated as new information becomes available to us.