After a violent week in the Mississippi penal system, Congressman Bennie Thompson has requested that U.S. Attorney General William Barr launch an investigation into the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
On Sunday, Thompson announced, via twitter, he “will be requesting that the U.S. Attorney General launch an investigation into the ongoing failures in safety, security, health, and environmental standards within the Mississippi Department of Corrections.”
Thompson also considered the acts of violence to be “appalling,” stressing the importance of quickly addressing the crisis.
It is appalling that there have been 5 lives taken this week due to what is being described as “disturbances.” This is a crisis that must be quickly addressed. I offer my condolences to the families of the 5 men. We should all be concerned when any life is lost.
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) January 3, 2020
The last seven days have unfortunately been filled with five inmate deaths, and all prisons across the state remain on lockdown as officials look to control the situation.