Meridian Star

April 21, 2013

1 inmate dies in southwestern Miss. prison fights


Associated Press

WOODVILLE —

WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A prison official says that one inmate has died and several were injured in fights at a prison in southwestern Mississippi that resulted in the facility being put on lockdown.

Wilkinson County Correctional facility spokeswoman Angela Smith says one inmate died after fights broke out Saturday morning at the prison. Smith says that there were multiple fights starting around 10 a.m. The fights were quelled by around noon.

Nine inmates were taken to area hospitals for injuries.

The prison was put on lockdown for at least several hours. Smith says the public was never at risk.

The 1,000-bed facility with all male Mississippi inmates is run by Corrections Corporation of America.