Mississippi records 16th inmate death

Mississippi records 16th inmate death
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Another inmate has died while in Mississippi custody Monday, bringing the state’s total since Dec. 29 to 16 deaths as lawmakers and advocates push for prison reform.

James Allen Brown, 54, died at the hospital at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, the Mississippi Department of Corrections confirmed in a release. He is the 10th to die at Parchman since the end of December.

There was no foul play suspected in the first death in more than a week, according to the Sunflower County coroner.


“The official cause and the manner are pending an autopsy,” the release said.

Brown was in prison for murder/homicide and residential burglary. He was sentenced in June of 1993.

Gov. Tate Reeves (R) addressed the state’s ongoing problem in his State of the State speech, in which he promised to shut down Parchman’s Unit 29, where a majority of deaths in the prison have occurred. 

The Department of Justice launched an investigation into the Mississippi prisons last week after 15 deaths had been recorded, and the Southern Poverty Law Center requested an investigation after five inmates had died. 

The 15th death reported was Jesus Garcia, who died at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility on Feb. 1.