Gangs run multiple prisons in Mississippi, according to DOJ report

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Gangs control three prisons in Mississippi housing over 7,000 inmates, according to a Department of Justice report released last month. It pointed out that the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, South Mississippi Correctional Institution, and Wilkinson County Correctional Facility had all been rife with violence and trafficking of contraband while gangs had a controlling influence for many years.

The investigators concluded that the Mississippi Department of Corrections failed to protect inmates from physical violence and adequately supervise incarcerated inmates. “Our investigation uncovered chronic, systemic deficiencies that create and perpetuate violent and unsafe environments for people incarcerated at these three Mississippi facilities,” stated Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

Due to understaffing “gangs dominate much of prison life, and contraband and violence, including sexual violence, proliferate.” It was estimated that “between 20% and 40% of the population at Central Mississippi have a gang affiliation.”

The report documented many violent incidents that went unchecked by staff. In one such incident 34 inmates at Central Mississippi had a gang fight “with make-shift weapons that included broomsticks, crutches, shanks, and a microwave.”

When investigators interviewed the staff about these violent incidents, they responded that the gangs were a “government within the facility.” One prison coordinator went as far as stating that gangs have complete control of the prison dormitories.

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