Mississippi Prison

Several weeks ago we explored the subject of “Corrections” https://crookedcreek.live/?s=corrections here on Crooked Creek. Several readers had important comments to make on the subject. Recently I read a story about a prison in Mississippi which I may not have believed had it not been published by The Marshall Project. The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. It strives to educate regarding the state of criminal justice. 

Mississippi has long been known as a troubled prison system. The particular privately operated institution described in a report by Joseph Neff and Alysia Santo is Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. The report is accompanied by a security videotape of an attack on a prisoner which resulted in his death four days later. You can view that disturbing video at  https://www.themarshallproject.org/2019/06/26/corporate-confession-gangs-ran-this-private-prison

1140xOn January 31, 2018, twenty-six-year-old Brad Fitch arrived at the prison. The video shows him being chased, then attacked by two inmates, one of whom had a handmade knife. Fitch was stabbed ten times and died at a hospital. In spite of the video showing his killers, no one has been charged for the murder. It turns out the men were just doing their jobs.

An internal audit revealed that this privately run prison was so short on employees (guards) that the warden, who has since resigned, used inmate gangs to control the prison population. Fitch and his killers were actually members of the same gang, called Simon City Warriors, a white gang affiliated with the Gangster Disciples. The killers caught on security cameras were settling a score with Fitch from two years before. 

As we learned before many, if not most, prisons have trouble hiring and retaining people for low paying, dangerous jobs. Wilkinson has a turnover rate of 90% and even though they have raised the hourly wage to $11.25 per hour more than a third of its positions are vacant.

I encourage those of you interested in the subject of criminal justice to read the entire Marshall Project report at the link listed above.

“America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.” George W. Bush










4 thoughts on “Mississippi Prison

  1. This is heartbreaking and unfortunately, other states have similar situations. I hate it. The fact that there are videos showing who, what, where, and when and nothing has been done, is outrageous. This is 2019 and time has not improved the flaws in the prison system. Today, prisons are for-profit institutions, and their only motive is to keep as many prisoners for as long as they can. As your story accurately states, there are not enough employees. Nor are there opportunities for restorative practices, for education, job training, or hope. Thank you for letting us know about the Marshall Project. I am glad there are people willing to try to right this wrong. It is long past due.

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  2. This is a frightening story! But your readers should know that two similar incidences of inmates being chased and seriously injured happened right here recently in Louisville area prisons.Very little publicity. DOC does well keeping gang activity to a minimum, but violence is increasing to frightening levels. Staff turnover is over 50% at Luther Luckett CC and staffing levels in all area prisons are very low. Not so serious out in the state where low-paying jobs aren’t so plentiful. There is a crisis in our area prisons.

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