Ten inmates have died this month in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
They are still pending autopsies but the department believes they are all from natural causes. Autopsies are performed by the state Medical Examiner’s Office and are subject to the time constraints of that office.
Commissioner Pelicia Hall made a statement that read:
The MDOC takes very seriously all deaths in its custody and investigates all of them to determine whether foul play is involved. The Department recognizes and appreciates that the safety, security, and overall well-being of all individuals entrusted to its care are paramount to the agency’s mission.