Shanks + attacks on guards = Parchman lockdown

Shanks + attacks on guards=Parchman lockdown
Also, $600 cash was seized from one inmate during a search this week. (Photo source: MDOC)
Also, $600 cash was seized from one inmate during a search this week. (Photo source: MDOC)

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Some Parchman inmates won't be getting to see mom for Mother's Day. Visitation remains canceled for three units at the Mississippi State Penitentiary until further notice. Prison officials say it's because of inmates attacking staff members, and the contraband guards keep finding.

Just this week alone, five MSP officers received nonlife-threatening injuries from inmate attacks. One officer had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. In 2016, there have been 13 incidents involving 20 officers, 16 of the officers work at MSP.

Officers are continuing to find shanks of various sizes and contraband items, including cell phones, phone accessories, and alcohol. Also, $600 cash was seized from one inmate during a search this week.

Commissioner Marshall Fisher said officer safety is a priority.

In addition to visitation, commissary and telephone privileges also are suspended in the affected areas. The lockdown impacts Units 30, 26, and 29, except for Building J. Units 25, 31 and 42 are not included in the lockdown.

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