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MDOC lifts lockdown on all prisons except Parchman



(photo by Chris Heller Parchman gate, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Mississippi Department of Corrections announced on Facebook this morning that it has lifted the statewide lockdown on all prisons except the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Inmate movement is no longer restricted, therefore, visitation and other privileges should resume at all locations other than Parchman, which remains locked down.

MDOC instituted a statewide lockdown on state-run and private prisons on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, after one man, Terrandance Dobbins, was killed and at least two others were injured at the Mississippi Regional Correction Facility in Leakesville Dec. 29.

Despite the lockdown, by Friday, Jan. 3, five inmates had died in Mississippi prisons, three of them at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

The majority of the week’s chaos and killings were gang-related, according to authorities.

On Jan. 7, MDOC announced it had lifted the lockdown on all but four of its prisons. Parchman was not mentioned among the four.

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