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Epps: WGCF riot was related to an attempt to introduce contraband

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LEAKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi Department of Commissioner Chris Epps, was at the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Leake County Friday, and said Thursday night's disturbance was related to an attempt to introduce contraband into the facility.

Epps said the Walnut Grove Police Department has arrested one person in connection with that attempt.

Epps added that since the earlier incident on Dec. 31, MDOC and Management & Training Corp. (MTC) have been working together on additional measures to ensure the secure custody, care and control of the inmates. 

Epps says MDOC has installed netting around the facility, and MTC recently launched a K-9 unit to curb the amount of contraband being introduced at Walnut and its other facilities.

Six of the inmates injured Thursday night have been returned to the prison. The other three have been admitted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

No correctional officers were injured.

We are told that the riot started at around 10 p.m. and affected two zones. When the inmates began fighting, officers attempted to stop the disturbance but it quickly escalated.

We are told that the facility's emergency response team was activated and they used chemical agents to gain control of the inmates. The incident lasted about an hour. 

The Walnut Grove Facility is run by Management and Training Corporation (MTC), a private company, but is still under the supervision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The facility was the site of a riot on New Years Eve of 2013. Eight inmates had to be treated at UMMC. MTC blamed that riot on gang violence.

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