According to The New York Times, the eight-hour-long riot at the Adams County Correctional Center grew out of a gang fight, and inmates took more than 20 people hostage and started a fire in the prison yard. Catlin Carithers, a 24-year-old prison guard, died of blunt head trauma, an official said. The prison was still on lockdown yesterday, when the Times story ran.
The prison's population is made up entirely of immigrants serving time for felonies before being deported, according to CCA spokesman Steve Owen. He also said the inmates were classified as low risk, which should raise a few eyebrows. One Mississippi congressman has already expressed concern:
Representative Bennie G. Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, on Tuesday called for an investigation into the company, saying the riot “brings into question the effectiveness of privately owned and operated prison facilities.”
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