Monday, May 21, 2012

Riot at private prison in Mississippi

A riot on Sunday at the privately run Adams County Correctional Center in southwest Mississippi began around involved dozens of inmates before it was brought under control that night. A guard was killed and, at one point, hostages were taken during the riot.

The prison, owned and operated by Corrections Corp. of America, holds illegal immigrants, most for charges of re-entering the United States after being deported, reported The Associated Press. The 2,567-bed prison in Natchez houses adult male illegal immigrants for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield told the Natchez Democrat that 15 employees were freed at one time during the uprising by opening a fence and protecting the route with guns. The sheriff said in a statement early Monday that there were at least two dozen hostages being held at one time.

Adams County Coroner James Lee confirmed that a guard died, but said he could not provide any other details until the correctional officer's family was notified. In addition to the guard who was killed, five other correctional officers and three inmates were injured.

CCA spokesman Steve Owen confirmed to The Associated Press in an email "there has been one employee death" but he said he could not provide more details immediately.

Ohio recently sold one of it prisons to CCA. CCA is based in Nashville and houses about 75,000 offenders and detainees in more than 60 facilities around the country.

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