Mississippi Prison Inmates Leak More Videos from Bloody Gang War Inside

Nathan Dimoff

Mississippi prison inmates are turning into citizen journalists to expose the horrid conditions inside the prisons.

A gang war inside the Mississippi state prison system has led to a statewide lockdown on prisons but it has not kept the inmates from leaking videos of the bloody conflict that so far has claimed at least five lives.

The latest video to surface was recorded by an inmate who is claiming a corrections officer known as Captain King sat in front of a man's cell watching him die for 45 minutes while holding a shotgun.

"Only thing he's worried about is contraband, he's not worried about our lives. He watched this guy die," the inmate said, knowing he was at risk for recording.

The inmate recording the video believes the life of the inmate could have been saved if Captain King had made the effort.

"He don't care. The only thing he cares about is a cell phone. That's the only thing he cares about," says the inmate.

The video was posted Sunday evening on a Facebook page called Mississippi Hot Topics.

The inmate who died only had a few more months to serve before his release, said the inmate with the camera. Commenters on social media said his name may have been Billy Parker, but Photography is Not a Crime was unable to confirm that.

Former employees of the Mississippi Department of Corrections also took to the comment section defending King's action.

Former veteran of 15-years, Lieutenant Jennifer White commented stating the officers actions were protocol.

Since news broke out of the riots, inmates have said that they brought in both cell phone jammers as well as having a privately owned Emergency Response Team operate in the facilities.

Carol Leonard of Prison Reform Movement spoke to an inmate that said the cell phone jammers are blocking all but one carrier, but they did not tell her which one.

Numerous inmates have told Leonard that the number of deaths being reported by Mississippi Department of Corrections is incorrect. Over the last few months there has been 15 deaths, according to the inmates.

Leonard stated the following after viewing the video.

"I am not surprised at all. This is the general feeling not only the people inside have, but family as well. Still no answers or updates. South Carolina does the same- they blame the cellphones and never address the real issues; staff brings them in and sells them. It’s smoke and mirrors so they never have to speak on the living conditions as well as the lack of rehabilitation, programs, jobs, food issues and lack of medical care. Focus on contraband cell phones is nothing more than a distraction. We would never know what’s going on inside the prisons. We cannot rely on the department of corrections to be transparent or forthcoming with truth. MDOC and Mississippi government have failed horribly in trying to handle this."

In the interview Leonard said that out of the dozens of families and inmates that have reached out to her on Twitter and Facebook, not one has gotten a response from governor-elect Tate Reeves.

Reeves last Facebook post regarding this issue was on January 4, at 9:25 AM focusing on two inmates that escaped. One has since been caught. The other is still at large as of this writing.

Mississippi Department of Corrections also took to Facebook with a picture of Commissioner Pelicia Hall assessing the situation with a blank notepad.

​According to the Department of Corrections website, in 2018, Commissioner Hall stated:

"We should never let up with our shakedowns, whether they are on a small or large scale."

It appears that her focus is still on smuggled cell phones and not the safety and well being of the inmates behind her prison walls.

Pinac News spoke to one of the inmates family members, in a phone interview, pictured in our previous article and have learned more information about one of the inmates .

Inmate Jason Gaston in Unit 29 was talking to a family member right before the riot started, as they talked daily. The family member said that it got really loud and Gaston had to end the call. The family member was able to reach back out to the number he last spoke to him and was told by the inmates friends that he was stabbed numerous times. They also told him that they rendered aid to him, not the guards. The family member also told Pinac News that his cellmate was a Vice Lord. Since then, he has not heard from him. The family member attempted to contact the prison but they were of no help.

​On January 5, Mississippi Hot Topics uploaded a picture of what appears to be a guard asleep at her desk.

Pinac News received a video as a tip of a shakedown that happened on January 5, where the guards threw all of the inmates personal belongings that contained letters, pictures, food, and hygienic supplies. In the same video, the inmate says that they have been late on giving them food.

Thanks to inmates turning into citizen journalists, the evidence clearly shows that the ones running the prison system in Mississippi prioritize cell phones over the safety of the inmates.

Comments (12)
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zackaiah
zackaiah

What is taking so long to move these people to safety. They committed a crime (or not, you never know in this corrupt USA) they aren't animals, they are still human. What in the world, why are they so focussed on cell phones, people are being murdered and nothing is being done about it. Like, is it a sport for them to just watch this happen? The corruption has BEEN out of control and why isn't this prison shut down from all the past issues that occurred? Let's focus on the wrong thing and then once things get out of hand, rather than deal with the issue, just disburse he prisoners to another facility and still nobody is being called to the carpet for all the lives lost during this situation that can only be described as a "massacre." All I can say is Lord have MERCY on everyone involved!!

Blondzruleall
Blondzruleall

This is what the problem is, that prison is focused on punishment and not reform. Do some deserve this, yes they do, but there are many that do not. We are above doing the inhuman treatment. In 2015 Time magazine did an article on the prison system, 39%. Of Americans in prison are not offenders of violent crimes. I am not saying no consequences, but reform will yield more results than in humane punishment and anger. Read the article: https://time.com/4596081/incarceration-report/

Blondzruleall
Blondzruleall

I worked for a treatment facility that was a court ordered facility to help people instead of being put in prison. The funding was low and we needed more to help more people. There were guards that worked as support staff as a second job at night. I began to see the abuse and corruption they engaged in. I heard clients tell me about sexual attacks on them, emotional and physical abuse, controlling them with drugs and making money off of inmates with bribes and I filed complaints, reported them, I caught one guard breaking the rules about going in female rooms at night alone, and then threatened to kill a client’s family member, her brother still in prison if they spoke up. It opened my eyes, and I will never forget it. They were never believed by probation officers, and others when they did try to tell someone what was happening. They have no voices, it’s horrible....now many years later I read articles on Lowell Prison almost killing and completely paralyzing a woman after being beat by a guard. I read how many die from drug detox, and no medical care. I believe these inmates, they are in grave danger and being treated like animals. Are there some there that may deserve this, yes, but we are supposed to be above this and not treat others with such disdain and inhumanity.

Steadman
Steadman

If only there was a way to avoid being sent to prison...

Insiderintheknow
Insiderintheknow

So the inmates break the law and end up in jail. Now everyone is making a deal of gang violence in prison? Would you rather it be on the street where our children live? Come on! These people are pedophiles, murderers, robbers, etc. and should never be expected to live a peaceful life inside or out. While free people are bashing the employees, feel free to apply! If you haven't been in it from day to day you'll never understand the challenges! So easy to sit high and talk low when it's all just opinion.

HeidiK
HeidiK

Prisoners or not, they don't deserve to be killed and it not be addressed. They have families. Being underpaid doesn't give you the right to halfass do your job that you decided to take knowing the pay and conditions you would be working in. And believe me, SOME of the employees are earning extra money at the expense of the inmates. I don't care how good you out think are, at anytime something horrible could happen and you or someone you know could end up in the same place. I'm sure there are people there that were in the wrong place at the wrong time or just made stupid choices. Not everyone in the prison system is a murderer, rapist, pedophile or a complete POS. I'm sure this is gonna piss a lot of people off and that's cool. Some folks need to clean off their own back porch before they start calling put what's wrong with others.

Hellabella
Hellabella

Prisoners and everyone else worried about the condition of the prison need to look back on the history. There is no money here. Prisoners used to grow food here which generated money to upkeep the prison, they rioted about that (which gave them better conditions, more outdoor time, more fresh foods) and it was removed for their "rights" bc that IS WHAT THEY ASKED FOR. Now the prison sits surrounded by a massive amount of barren land except for two small greenhouses they fired up a couple years ago that a precious few get to attend to. Dumb asses. There. Is. No. Money. Here. Either you work or you suffer. That's pretty much the life for all in Mississippi, in prison or not.

Robebroo1
Robebroo1

Please tell that these so called law abiding, upstanding members of society do know they are in prison and not summer camp. The majority of them are their for violent crimes. What got them sent to prison in the 1st place they are trying and most probably doing it in prison. Prison is designed to be uncomfortable and harsh. We can always pay Mexico a fee and start placing these angels in their 5 star accommodations / prisons and then they will see what neglect and punishment really is and what fear really is. My question is this, for the inmates who preyed on weak, innocent people with which they are being punished for, did they worry or care about their health and well being? No Did their family call the police to complain about the hurt and pain their loved ones caused their victims? No. So why now do these kind hearted, law abiding citzens care now? Because now they are the victims and they don't like how it feels. Yes, the prison staff definitely has its share off bad apples. But in no way is anyone foing to make me believe the whole staff is corrupt??? You did the crime now do the time and stop acting like most of these individuals are saints. If they didn't bring in the bullshit from the streets that got them put there alot of this shit wouldn't be happening and instead of the state having to spend more money on more advanced security measures they probably could spend that money on life skills programs and do the job that these so called angels parents should've done long ago. No most of these over aged adolescents want to piss and moan and try and blame the system for their and their parents short comings. It's called personal responsibility. When they start taking it maybe the system will start helping them. Until then, the turnstile will just keep spining with the comings and goings of all of these law abiding citizens.

Fascist Slayer
Fascist Slayer

It's to bad this prison isn't in Iran, the U.S. would have a shit fit crying a human rights violation. It's also sad the prisoners don't have money to hire Ex Beret security contractors to help smuggle them out of prison and the U.S., like Carlos Ghosen of Nissan did in Japan.

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

looks like the prisons a going to get hit with a class action lawsuit! when the prisoners riot, shit has hit the fan! it generally means that conditions, staff and corruption are out of control! when they are more worried about cell phones and not the heath or safety of inmates or conditions of the prisons, something is wrong!


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