Haywood says situation at Parchman "under control"


Sunflower County Sheriff James Haywood described the situation at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman late Thursday as “contained” and “under control.”

This comes hours after the second inmate in as many days was killed as a result of what has been described by multiple officials as riots.

A unidentified male victim was killed in Unit 29, Haywood said.

Haywood said that a fire had been started in Unit 30, but it was extinguished quickly.

“It’s under control,” Haywood told The E-T just after 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Earlier in the day Haywood said he placed his own jail in Sunflower County on lockdown after seeing that a prisoner in a Chickasaw County facility lost his life in a similar fashion.

“I had a feeling something wasn’t right,” Haywood said.

Haywood said he believes the recent fighting is the result of something gang-related.

By the time he arrived at Parchman on Thursday, he said the situation was chaotic but contained.

Local law enforcement agencies from neighboring counties were on hand, he said, helping to move prisoners to different areas of the prison.

Click the link below for The E-T's comprehensive coverage of the Parchman deaths, escapes



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