Shakeup at Leakesville prison, warden replaced

Shakeup at Leakesville prison, warden replaced
Joe Errington has been appointed acting superintendent of South Mississippi Correctional Institution. (Photo Source: MDOC)

A new person has been chosen to lead the South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SCMI) in Leakesville, MS.

SMCI Deputy Warden Joe Errington has been appointed acting superintendent effective today, according to MDOC Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall.

Errington, 60, has spent his entire career with the MDOC at SMCI. He began working at the facility as a correctional officer in March 1989. Since then, he has held several leadership positions over the years.

This comes after a controversial incident in July when a convicted murderer escaped from SCMI by climbing a fence, then leading law enforcement on a three-day manhunt. After he was captured in Ocean Springs, MDOC launched an internal investigation.

SMCI is the newest of the three state prisons. With 3,042 inmates today, it also has the fewest inmates of the three institutions. MDOC reports that it can hold up to 3,082 inmates.

WLOX News Now reached out to Mississippi Department of Corrections for more information on this matter. We will continue to update this story as more details become available.

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