DOJ: Mississippi failed to care for prisoners at Parchman

Lisa R. Parker

FILE - The front gate of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss., is shown Nov. 17, 2021. The U.S. Justice Department says it has found “severe, systemic” problems at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The department on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, released findings of its two-year investigation of Parchman, which began after an outburst of violence that left some inmates dead and others injured. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

FILE – The entrance gate of the Mississippi Condition Penitentiary in Parchman, Overlook., is demonstrated Nov. 17, 2021. The U.S. Justice Section suggests it has identified “severe, systemic” troubles at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The division on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, produced results of its two-12 months investigation of Parchman, which commenced soon after an outburst of violence that still left some inmates dead and other people hurt. (AP Image/Rogelio V. Solis, File)


The Office of Justice declared the findings of an more than two-yr investigation into situations and procedures at Parchman, the Mississippi Condition Penitentiary.

According to the DOJ investigation, “Mississippi routinely violates the constitutional rights of folks at Parchman.”

The important conclusions of the investigation located:

  • A failure to “provide suitable mental wellbeing treatment method to people with major psychological well being needs.”
  • A failure to “take sufficient suicide avoidance for people today at hazard of self-damage.”
  • “Subjecting people to prolonged isolation in solitary confinement in egregious problems that spot their actual physical and psychological overall health at considerable hazard of significant harm.”
  • A failure “to shield incarcerated folks from violence at the palms of other incarcerated people today.”

“The Constitution guarantees that all people today incarcerated in jails and prisons are treated humanely,” said Assistant Legal professional Normal Kristen Clarke. “Our investigation uncovered proof of systemic violations that have created a violent and unsafe natural environment for men and women incarcerated at Parchman.”

The investigation into Parchman started off in February 2020. Further DOJ investigations into the circumstances at Southern Mississippi Correctional Establishment, Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and Wilkinson County Correctional Facility are ongoing.

Men and women with relevant information and facts to the investigations are questioned to make contact with the division by telephone at (833) 591-0288, or by e-mail at [email protected].

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