- On Wednesday, Mississippi Department of Corrections officials confirmed another inmate at Parchman has died from suicide in Unit 29
- This makes a total of four death at Parchman since Saturday, two of which are believed to be suicides
- On Tuesday, MDOC officials two men had been killed in Unit 30 during a fight with other inmates
- Gabriel Carmen was found hanging in Unit 29 Holding on Saturday evening
Another inmate of Mississippi’s Parchman prison has died from an apparent suicide the Mississippi Department of Corrections confirmed on Wednesday. This is the fourth death to happen in Parchman since Saturday and second suicide.
One Found Dead Wednesday At Mississippi’s Parchman Prison
On Wednesday, rumors spread through social media groups focused on prison reform that two additional inmates were killed in Unit 29 Building B. The claim followed the confirmation that two inmates were killed on Tuesday. MDOC officials could not confirm the two additional deaths but did confirm an inmate was found dead from suicide on Wednesday morning.
According to a press release from MDOC, the inmate was found “dead by apparent suicide in his one-man cell at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Wednesday morning.” The inmate was found in Unit 29 according to Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton. Identification of the inmate is pending until after notifying the next of kin. MDOC also confirmed the death via Twitter.
An inmate was found dead by apparent suicide in his one-man cell at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Wednesday morning. The death in Unit 29 appears to be by hanging, according to the Sunflower County coroner.— MDOC (@MS_MDOC) January 22, 2020
The investigation into the death is ongoing, and the cause and the manner are pending confirmation of an autopsy. Identification of the inmate is pending notification of the next of kin.— MDOC (@MS_MDOC) January 22, 2020
Past Deaths At Parchman Just This Week
On Saturday Gabriel Carmen died from suicide in Unit 29 Holding. According to MDOC officials, Carmen was acting irate and throwing feces in the hallway. Twenty minutes after he was last seen by two correctional officers the man responsible for cleaning the feces told guards Carmen had hung himself. Officers were not able to reach Carmen for forty minutes after he jammed the door shut with a pipe from the toilet from the inside.
On Tuesday MDOC confirmed two inmates were killed at Parchman overnight in an “isolated incident.” Officials did not believe the deaths were retaliatory for the excessive and deadly gang violence that rocked the Mississippi prison system at the end of December and earlier this month. The two men were identified as Timothy Hudspeth, 35, and James Talley. Both men were killed during a fight with other inmates in Unit 30. Burton said both men appeared to have died from “blunt-force beating injuries.”