LAUREN WOOD/THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Smoke — likely tear gas — fills the sky around the Adams County Correctional Center.

BREAKING NEWS: Riot under control; one dead, four injured

Published 6:02pm Sunday, May 20, 2012

For photos from the scene click here.

11:45 p.m. update — The ACCC and ACSO report that the situation is under control.

11 p.m. update — People, apparently with weapons, and presumably SWAT team members, are walking on the roof of the prison.

10:20 p.m. update — The exterior of the prison has been calm for approximately an hour. The fire inmates set outside the prison, but inside the fence, is no longer visible, though smoke still fills the air.

A SWAT team is stationed outside, and ambulances are still on the scene. A crowd is still gathered across the highway.

Law enforcement — some from Concordia Parish and Ferriday — continue to arrive.

The ACSO has issued a release saying no prisoners have escaped.

9:11 p.m. update — Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said approximately eight staff members are still inside the prison, and a number of agencies are working to get them out.

He said they know where some of them are and have spoken to some through the fence. He doesn’t believe remaining staff members are injured.

Mayfield estimated between 200 and 300 inmates of the more than 2,000 at the facility are causing the problems.

He said the agencies were able to release 15 ACCC employees at once by opening a fence and protecting the route with guns. Two of the employees let out in the group of 15 had non-life-threatening injuries.

Inmates lit what Mayfield described as a campfire at the facility with wood and other available materials.

At one point, the agencies used pepper spray to control the crowd.

The inmates causing the problem are not armed with traditional weapons.

“Just things like wood and things like that — trash can lids,” Mayfield said.

Inmates don’t have access to weapons because guards do not carry them, “and that’s the reason why,” he said.

Mayfield said he didn’t expect the riot to last too much longer, and that the scene was calming down.

Mayfield assured that no inmates have escaped the outer prison walls.

8:25 p.m. — Flames are visible outside the front portion of the facility inside the razor wire fence. It resembles a bonfire. Hundreds of onlookers remain on the site, some with blankets and lawn chairs.

8:15 p.m. update — A CCA press release from the Adams County facility says five employees have been transported to a local hospital for treatment of various injuries. Additional staff members are being treated for injuries onsite.

The “inmate disturbance” began at 2:40 p.m. and is ongoing, the release says.

“Currently, the inner compound and portions of housing units are the focus of remaining efforts to quell the disturbance,” the release says.

The facility’s trained Special Operations Response Team has been activated. Additional SORT teams from other CCA facilities have also been activated and are en route to the facility to support ACCC staff.

CCA will investigate the cause of the incident once the disturbance has been resolved.

Mayfield said the riot was attributed to internal power struggle among the inmates involving hierarchies within the inmate population.

7:45 p.m. update — One guard injured in the incident has died, Coroner James Lee says. Multiple rounds of gunfire can be heard coming from inside the prison.

Lee said he could not provide any other information other than to confirm the death of the guard. Witnesses near the scene outside the prison heard what sounded like gunfire.

Witness also reported seeing white smoke, which could possibly be tear gas.

“The situation is very high tension out there right now,” Lee said.

7:30 p.m. update — An unidentified white smoke is coming up from the prison.

NATCHEZ — An apparent ongoing prison riot at Adams County Correctional Facility has resulted in injuries of at least three staff members and one prisoner.

Three staff members, including one with severe injuries, were transported to the hospital, Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said. One prisoner with minor injuries is awaiting transport, he said.

An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter also landed at the prison just before 5 p.m.

Adams County Sheriff’s deputies and the Mississippi Highway Patrol are still at the scene at the facility off of U.S. 84.

Mayfield said Warden Vance Laughlin, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the MHP are continuing to attempt to get the inside of the prison under control. He said prisoners are starting to voluntarily go back to their cells and the situation has gotten better, but he called the riot control a “fluid situation.”

“We’re working on a plan right now,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield said sheriff’s deputies and Mississippi Highway Patrol have the outer gates of the prison surrounded.

“There’s nobody (that has) gotten out of the prison, and (I have) no anticipation that will happen; (the problem) is all internal,” Mayfield said.

Adams County Correctional Facility, a Corrections Corporations of America facility, houses low-security prisoners, most of who are illegal immigrants who committed offenses in the United States and will be returned to their country of origin after completing their sentences. It is a 2,567-bed facility.

A prison spokesperson has said more information is coming shortly.

Further updates will be provided here as information is confirmed.

  • Mandy Halford

    this is just a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After ALLL THE BEGGING AND PLEADING PEOPLE AROUND THE AREA DID TO NOT PUT THIS PRISON HERE and this happens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY A MAN BY THE NAME OF ROBERT PALMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he fought hard!! he said WORD FOR WORD what was going to happen once this system came to this town!!!!!!!!!! GREED! that is allll it was. GREED! and now look. I sure hope none of our people was hurt. GOD BLESS THOSE THAT HAVE HAD TO EXPERIENCE THIS HORRIBLE TRAGEDY TODAY!!

  • Anonymous

    Keep them in their cell 24/7 for 6 months and take away ALL privileges. Those thugs don’t give a #%&@ about anything or anyone anyhow. All of the illegals kept there should be sent back to where ever in the Hell they came from.

  • Anonymous

    Oh please! Wake up every job has it extenuating circumstances.  There are school shootings.  Look what happened with the people that worked in the buildings that were destroyed during the 911 incident. All of our prominent jobs such as Interational Paper Mill are mostly gone.  And it seems like the only new industry coming here are gas stations, restaurants and casinos that never materialize.  We all put our life in jeapordy at some time that’s called living.  This community needs something here for young people to do that pays over MINIMUM WAGE !!

  • Anonymous

    My neice worked there briefly.  From what I understand it has the potential to be a great prison but the high turn over rate of employees for petty things coupled with racism and administration that seems somewhat inexperienced makes this such a volatile situation.  Whoever heads CCA corporation needs to come in and look at how poorly the prison is run.  Also, petty things such as credit checks and when someone divorced their husband are petty, insignificant items to base employment on.  You need to hire strong men and women with clean backgrounds and forget all that petty mess!

  • Mandy Halford

    u have a point. BUT if this wasnt brought to this town IT WOULDVE NEVER HAPPENED! PERIOD

  • Anonymous

    Prayers for all involved – and I hope it gets settled quickly!

  • Anonymous

    I second the motion Ntz Mom 55! From what my niece says these inmates have gangs that the administration allows to meet whenever desired.  From my understanding they can write you up!  They have to much freedom looks like to me! Either you are going to punish these people are just send them back to Mexico most of them are illegal immigrants anyway.

  • Anonymous

    If, if, if. If it hadn’t came here, there would be people without a decent job. If people didn’t commit crimes we would need no prisons

    If planes didn’t fly, they would never crash. If there wasn’t any automobiles, there would never be a car accident. If trains didn’t run, there would never be a train wreck, if we never had to leave our house we would never be involved in any accident or victim of anything and the list can go on for years.

    dignityfirst has it exactly correct.

  • Anonymous

    This is possibly California prison gang related.  I talked to a truck driver a couple weeks ago, who was made to wait on making a delivery, because they were in some kind of lockdown. He asked if the prisoners were “cutting up”, he was told no but they were in CA. Evidently they feared prison unrest in CA might spread here. 

  • http://twitter.com/LvnInMS LvnInMs

    I hear it’s worse than what the Democrat is reporting.

  • Anonymous

    Well, mandy, just WHERE would you Like to have it located? In someone else’s back yard? Bah! It’s done, and I’m glad this area has the jobs!! Minimum wage or not. Riots of one form or another happen in practically ANY prison, even in other countries.
    And NtzMom55- you want stricter controls and punishment? Then push to remove all the bleeding heart liberals and the ACLU from ANY input. But remember- they ARE human beings, regardless of nationality or the crime.
    BUT—NEVER EVER turn your back on a prisoner or believe most of what they say. They are in prison for a reason, and are called CONS.
    May GOD protect all those employees who serve, the law enforcement that is present, and yes, – even the thugs and illegals. I pray that they someday turn to Christ and become productive members of society some day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fernanda-Barros/100003646845021 Fernanda Barros

    Yes, because treating them even more like animals wont cause this kind of behavior again. I’d like to put you in a cage and see how you react. I’m sure you’re just amused that something interesting is happening in your boring miserable town.

  • Anonymous

    God you are awful,send them back where they came from!

  • http://twitter.com/LvnInMS LvnInMs

    They are in PRISON for a reason. They obviously were convicted by a jury of their peers and sent to jail for whatever crime they commited. They have rules and must follow them, as in every prison! It is much worse than what this paper is reporting, and I see no new udates here.

  • http://twitter.com/LvnInMS LvnInMs

    You call a prison riot amusing? You call guards lives in danger amusing? They’re not attending a picnic, nor are they at Disneyworld. Too many rights for people who disregard the rights of others, if you ask me!

  • http://twitter.com/LvnInMS LvnInMs

    One more if, IF I may! If they hadn’t done something against the law, they wouldn’t be in prison!

  • http://twitter.com/LvnInMS LvnInMs

    I know someone who used to work out there. They said the training is done in something like a week or two then they just throw them in the mix. Improperly trained guards who let the prisoners tell them what to do. This new Warden was placed there to try to get the place under control, obviously the Warden has failed and this is the result!?

  • Anonymous

    Back off, Fernanda- no sense calling Natchez a “boring miserable town”. I love Natchez.

  • Anonymous

    What ever happened to the chain gang, I can not get medical help, but someone that is not from this country can commit a crime and get just about what ever they want.

  • Anonymous

    I pray for the family of the slain guard. So senseless. And such an act against GOD, to take a life!!!
    I pray even more, now, for our highly-trained and competent sheriff’s department and the state troopers and whoever else is working to restore order. GOD, protect them from harm .
    And finally, I hope those responsible are  sorted out and punished SEVERELY!!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FK7WKL7JGFED6PNGKCQSC7JVQE red

    I understand what yall are saying but not all the prisoners out there are viloent offenders and cannot be held accountable for all.  Ppl are so closed minded.  It could have happened anywhere and if they didn’t put it here think of how many ppl would be out of work right now.  Yes, it is sad and they need to have it under control, but people just jump to conclusions and put comments that sometimes sound riduculous…..grow up ppl

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FK7WKL7JGFED6PNGKCQSC7JVQE red

    from what ur niece says huh???  Guess that she know this personally because she is there when these types of things happen.  This is just slander and it is wrong to say most of them are immagrants.  It is funny what people have to say on the outside looking in.  I bet if someone in your family was out there and they didn’t do anything major wrong, then you would feel completely different.  Peoples lives are at stake and all that anyone can talk about is how things are being run and some gang b/s that we all now is not going on.  I have friends and family that work there and I think that this is a sad assumption to make about the people in our community. 

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree!  Their outstanding credit requirement couldn’t save them now!  YES, there should be criminal background checks done, but how many bills you owe on, doesn’t say much to me about what kind of correctional officer you will be. So sad, and my thoughts and prayers are to that correctional officer who has died and their family.  Having worked in the STATE penal system, many think privatized or corporate prison is the way to go, but it’s not.  Sure, there are some jobs, but do you think a prison should be run like a corporation????  For profit?  The employees aren’t as “vested” as a state or federal run prison and say what you will, the officers working in the state facilities, the GOOD, decent ones, know a convict when they see one, and they aren’t making any deals nor allow them to play games with them, not the ones I personally knew.  We (officers) were the ONLY gang in the Pearl facility when I worked there.  Sure, there are rotten COs everywhere, but this is one of the very reasons why I got out of corrections.  So much corruption, until someone gets hurt, or even killed and usually, it’s an officer.  So sad!

  • Anonymous

    Red, this prison was BUILT to house illegal aliens before being processed and sent back where ever they came from. The prisoners are not immigrants, that would mean they came here to live and become Americans. They are ILLEGALS.

  • Anonymous

    Someone in my family is there and he didn’t do anything wrong……He’s an officer doing his job…….and if you look at the prisons press release (CNN, etc) it says the prison houses “illegal adult male aliens”

  • Anonymous

    The naysayers who fought against bringing the prison in were right.

  • Anonymous

    So they are just now sending for special teams….JUST NOW??? Sounds to me like the guards aren’t the only employees who need training. It began at 2:40 and just now sending for special teams……Good Grief!

  • Anonymous

    From what I’ve been told, a nigerian gang leader was beat up and everybody knew something was fixing to happen but they did not know when or how severe.  Not sure when the guy was beat up but it sounded like it did not happen today.

    Prayers sent to the guards and their families.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot believe, I don’t want to believe, people are out there with blankets and lawn chairs watching like they are at an entertainment of some sort. Please people, let the law-enforcement officers do their job without worrying about YOU.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Hicks/42806667 Bobby Hicks

    it will happen at any prison anywhere. and they have been sent special teams out if you look at when it was posted, that was at least a couple of hours old

  • Anonymous

    I’m a citizen of the USA and My FATHER is in that JAIL!!!!!! HE IS A VICTIM OF THE US GOVERNMENT JUDICIAL SYSTEM with the same rights as you!!!!!, I’m exercising my right to voice my opinion right now!!! Instead of wishing bad on people you should be praying for those less fortunate than you!!! You should be praying for the the person who died and the people who are injured!!!  THINK before you open your mouth and say something stupid!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/smartypart Becky Burns

    Prayers are going out for all involved…..my niece is pregnant and lives in the area, i called and told her to lock up everything and do not open her doors for anyone. God bless the families of the guards and the prisoners. Praying that all is going to be worked out to the best of all involved.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone who is in danger there right now and all the families who have lost someone and those on edge right now are in my prayers. And to those who don’t know, it was an INMATE who called and reported the riot in the first place. Could they have not wanted it to occur? Could they have been scared? Don’t judge these people because they have made mistakes, not all of them are hard core, heartless, violent “thugs”. And I am sure many of them would LOVE to, as someone said, “go back where they came from”. And God bless all of you out there who are praying in agreement for EVERYONE who is in danger right now.

  • Anonymous

    Starve ‘em.  They’ll think twice next time.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone in prison is innocent. SMH

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001665588730 Kenny DeLaughter

    A victim of the US Govt Judicial system BS people don’t get sent to prison for nothing, The article states that most of these prisoners are illegal aliens who have committed crimes, I will willingly pray for ALL but like Ntzmom said send them back to their home country as fast as possible I am sure it would be infinitely harder for them to riot and kill if they were not here, and you may certainly exercise your right to say something but I imagine that your opinion of someone saying something stupid may reflect more on you

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XD3UOVPLHRLOXCTXBENF4GMAYM SCAR

    My mom works there.  She wasn’t there when the riot started but she is on her way there now to see how she can help.  She knew the young man who was killed, he had a family.  I am so sad for the young mans family!  I pray all will calm down and those whom started this will be rightfully punished.  There is a lot of junk that goes on at prisons and I hear the stories my mom tells me.  She said that the guards are mostly young kids (some just out of high school age).  Having more mature guards could surely have positive benefits on this facility.  Pray all goes well with no more deaths or injuries!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XD3UOVPLHRLOXCTXBENF4GMAYM SCAR

     I completely agree.  Guards need to be properly trained…in my opinion, give the guards such trainings as the military go through (not all of course but a good thorough training).  My mom is a guard there now and she for sure wouldn’t have what it takes to fight and defend if she needed to.  My mom’s neighbor works there to.  I don’t think it is per say the Warden fault that this has happened. One the other hand some more revamping and higher standards during the hiring and training process needs to be enforced. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XD3UOVPLHRLOXCTXBENF4GMAYM SCAR

    My mom works there and she said there are a lot of Spanish speaking men there.  She sometimes feels awkward because she doesn’t speak much Spanish.  My mom  has a heart of gold and is always nice to the prisoners.  She even said that sometimes they even call her grandma.  Just reporting facts.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6UNNENYUN5PTEGD3UPAM6VA54 Vj

    thank you

  • vilou09

    Not gonna lie, I’m just commenting to get the feed to my email…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6UNNENYUN5PTEGD3UPAM6VA54 Vj

    4 real they are out there like it is fun looking at them

  • Anonymous

    When I made the comment earlier, there was not a death reported. I have been and continue to pray for the injured guardsmen and my saying that they should be kept in their cell 24/7 with privilages taken away for 6 months is not wishing anything BAD on them. Too bad you think I said something stupid but I stick to what I say. If those thugs were kept in their cells we would not have a family grieving for a deceased employee. You can say what you wish about me but I’m sure there are many around this area who feel as strongly as I do about THUGS getting much more care and privilages than our own senior citizens get in nursing homes. And those illegals held in the US prisons should be shipped back to their homes in whatever country they came from. This prison should have never been built here. Most everyone was against it.

  • Anonymous

    It’s Fenwick. What else is there to do?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XD3UOVPLHRLOXCTXBENF4GMAYM SCAR

     My dad just said that some of the prisoners have gone back to their cells voluntarily but that there are still a lot out and that it is still bad.

  • Anonymous

    We are blessed that these inmates did not escape & get into our neighborhoods. The board of supervisors & Board of alderman should
    demand that this prison have armed guards in towers around the perimeters of this place just in case prisoners try to escape & treat
    them the same as angola prison with guards in towers. If they are from mexico, load them on a bus & get them back to wherever they
    came from.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IINK3J2SYTHRLP34FEZA37ZWJQ Laura

    ppl is so stupid and talk because they have mouth when they dont know s….my brother is there and he is a USA citizen same as me…I wish with all myy heart that he can be send back to Mexico..he have been beging for it…. and thing happen every where not only on prison …come on  ppl wake up and stop been racist, we r here and not going anywhere…… we are hard worker and good ppl just like any citizen, dont judge for what u hear or see. because I have seen a lot of ppl been arrested for been on the wrong place on the wrong time and this can happen to anyone…… Im not saying that my brother is inocent but he have never killed anyone….and as far as I know, this started becouse they were asking for better conditions…..so dont u think that they are in Disney like some one said….

  • Anonymous

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SLWS3U772HNMNOV623DZBSHBYY kristyn

    I am trying to find out info about a friend who works there…….could you email me ? I do not want to put his personal info on here…….thx
    dolphin.lvr@att.net

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPDFBVGHUG5IKXPBM3K637AOBM bubba g

     I wonder how many are there on drug charges? We have the highest percentage incarcerated than any other country in the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IINK3J2SYTHRLP34FEZA37ZWJQ Laura

    I’m very sorry for the officer that died… and praying for all of them there…as a famiily member is very hard  not to know how they are, and please dont be to hard on them …..specially people that are not involved or dont know how life is in there…they r paying let me tell you!!!! this is something you dont want to happen to you or ur family, but any little mistake ur son , ur brother, ur father, ur mother or anyone that you love can destroy ur family…..don’t judge…there is one God to forgive them.<3

  • Anonymous

    23 years old is awfully young to be a prison guard.  This prison is obviously not being run very well at all!  You can’t have kids out there with grown men in the system.  Kids cannot exude authority.  That is like leaving your car open with the keys inside on a dark road and not expecting someone to take it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sitting here in total amazement at how the people that “know” or are “related” to an inmate can honestly believe that this person deserves things given to them for free when I have to pay for them in my home. I don’t care where they are from or who they know, suck it up and pay your dues. No TV, no phone priveleges, no working out in the gym etc. One visit a month if they are good boys and they actually have to work to pay back what they are costing the law abiding citizens. How hard is that to understand?

  • Anonymous

    As a Prison officer in manchester its sad an officer has lost his life and i pray for this family ,but prisons are not for profit keep them safe at whatever the cost.If this government keeps giving our prisons to G4S the same will happen here.God forbid.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t you think before you open your mouth. If your “Father” is in that jail, he is in there for a reason.

    One of the less fortunate ones was Catlin Carithers, the guard who lost his life. For all we know, your “Father” may have been the one who killed him.

    We are praying for the ones who worked there and the injured ones who worked there, but as far as the “inmates”, they are the ones who started it and they are there for a reason.

    Go home if you don’t like it here.

  • Anonymous

    YES MR. OR MRS RED, LIVES ARE AT STAKE AND WE THE COMMUNITY MUST LOOK AT HOW THE PRISON IS RUN TO PREVENT INCIDENTS LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN!  CLEARLY SOMETHING HAS KICKED OR IGNITED THIS INCIDENT!  IT NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT THOROUGHLY NOT ONLY FROM COROPORATE CCA BUT FROM COMMUNITY LEADERS!  I KNOW THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF HIRED TO CONTAIN AND HANDLE THE NUMBER OF INMATES!  I’LL PUT MY HEAD ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK TO BET THAT!

  • Anonymous

    Every one who hurt someone should be given a life sentence,with no parole.

  • Anonymous

    YES MR. OR MRS. RED IT DOES PROVIDE JOBS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND I AS A NATCHEZIAN PUSH THIS!  HOWEVER FOR FUTURE REFERENCES THIS PRISON HAS TO BE RAN BETTER THAN THIS!  THIS CAN ALSO BE A DANGER FOR THE COMMUNITY IF WE HAVE 2500 INMATES TO A RATIO OF 200 STAFF!  I’M ALMOST AT THE POINT IF YOU DON’T DO IT RIGHT JUST DON’T DO IT AT ALL! 

  • Anonymous

    He is in there because he did something.Can you prove he,s a victim,they all are innocent to hear them tell it.

  • Anonymous

    AND MR. OR MRS. RED DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE CLEARLY?  THE PAPER STATED MOST ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS! THIS IS THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT’S FACTS NOT MINE!  OF COURSE I DON’T NEED THEIR FACTS BECAUSE I ALREADY HAVE THE 411!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OCEJJBDRIR7FHAA5X5SXHIGG7M Dano

    Sorry to have to tell you this but there is only one tower at each camp at Angola that has a guard in it . Warden Cain has closed the rest of them down and put dogs, that the inmates feed between the fences. They have females in the dormitories and working the cellblocks. This is not hearsay I worked 23 years at Angola and retired as a Lieutenant.

  • Anonymous

    CCA gives a four week training course to the guards.  The training is very good compared to that of other prisons such as Angolia.  I also have relatives that work in a supervisory setting there. However, the warden seems like he doesn’t know what the @#$$ he’s doing from my understanding!  But I would like to stop criticizing long enough to pray to god to comfort the family of the deceased and to resolve this without anyoneelse guard or inmate being killed or seriously hurt.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe that I am sitting here reading comments that say we should feel sorry for these poor inmates!!  Those “poor” inmates are in prison for a reason and that reason is not to sit back and enjoy a free ride.  They have it way to good now and we are paying for it.  I know you love and care about your relatives that are locked up there but they choose to do the crime now they need to grow up and do the time.  What about the victim’s of there crimes?  Did they deserve what they got?

  • Anonymous

    I won’t make fun of the way you talk because obviously you are not from here, but I understand what you are trying to say.

    You are here and you are not going anywhere, but your brother has been “begging” to go back to Mexico after he was put in jail for a crime? No one is being racist here except you and the others here who push it everyday. If he had been hard working and a good citizen, he would not be in prison now would he?

    It doesn’t matter if he has killed anyone or not, he is there for a reason. Prison is just that, prison. There shouldn’t be any conditions that they are asking for that they don’t get. I know people who work there and they (prisoners) get just as much freedom as we do pretty much. They get things that we DON’T. Just because you are in America doesn’t mean that prisoners should be treated better there than they do when they have a job.

    Most hard working people, as you claim to be, don’t end up in prison. They have too many “rights” in there as it is. Starting a RIOT for better treatment is totally uncalled for. You have no rights in prison, that’s why it’s called a PRISON lady.

  • Anonymous

    I worked there in 1978 before i took the job at parish prison in new orleans.

  • Anonymous

    Your father is in that jail?.  Wow…. Wonder what he did to get in there..  Did he break in?

    BUCKLE UP NATCHEZ

  • Anonymous

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD HIRE A FEW GRADUATES FROM THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS.

    LOCK DOWN AT THIS PRISON FOR A VERY LONG TIME.
    GOOD SUFFERS WITH THE BAD.

  • Anonymous

    CCA will investigate the cause and cut back expenditures at the prison commensurate with the costs due to the riot to maintain their profit margin and to keep their stockholders from dumping the stock and causing CCA to crash.  Capitalism!!!

  • Anonymous

    don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  • Anonymous

    can’t put armed guards in place like you say–that cuts into CCA’s profits.  Dogs are cheaper.  And no bathroom or coffee breaks. CAPITALISM!!

  • Anonymous

    We don’t have ANY FACTS about who is innocent or who is GUILTY among the prisoners.  IN Fact, Jesus says, NOBODY IS GOOD or Innocent except THE FATHER who art in Heaven. 

  • Anonymous

    actually you are right. as i understand it the sheriff was not notified until about an hour after it started and the by the news media that received a phone call from an inmate. This was a failure to COMMUNICATE and entirely unacceptable. they were totally unprepared for this situation and it could have been a lot worse if the sheriffs dept had not responded so quickly.

  • Anonymous

    go home

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PRXL2P2UF7YBPDU3WWW6OB3IRQ Alfreda

    Having work in a maxmium security prison for more then 12 years ,riots happen because of tension,lack of communciation ,many time simply improving the standards of food ,recreation,and medical treatment will calm the enviroment, when people are lock up there is little else you can do to them treating them with humane dignity is the best thing to keep violence at a minuim first rule of a co is to keep this ethic

  • Anonymous

    amen could not have said it better

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1288391846 Tramayn Washington

    23.. when i was 23 I was in the Marine Corps 4 years… that was in 2003.. how old you think the people are fighting our wars?

  • Anonymous

    Scuttlebutt around town says about ten inmates were killed and carted out the back door to avoid detection. The Democrat isn’t digging in and uncovering the real story. Subject: [natchezdemocrat] Re: BREAKING NEWS: Riot under control; one dead, four injured

  • http://www.mysafetydefense.com/ Raymond Torres

    good article

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XD3UOVPLHRLOXCTXBENF4GMAYM SCAR

    I was informed by someone who works there that at least 7 inmates were killed but they are covering it up!  Pathetic!!!  

  • Anonymous

    Also agree , and besides who has absolutely perfect credit during these troubling economic times . All it takes is to lose a job and your world would turn upside down financially . What a stupid credential to have in which to select employees . You have dozens of real prison guards that work at LSP who would  turn CCA around  . I used to work at CCA but left because they were too laid back . Some of the guards even commented to me on how easy it was . What a false sense of security to have in a prison environment . When you let your guard down with prisoners violence is the outcome .

    You wouldn’t believe why they seek out individuals with perfect credit . When I first started there I posited  this question to personnel . They told me that people without debts are less likely to be bribed  than people with bad credit . Guess what , underhanded dealing with prisoners still occur . Heck ! a female was terminated for having intimate relations with one of the prisoners . Look CCA ! get rid of that crazy perfect credit law and you’ll find great guards locally .

  • Anonymous

    First, thank you for your service. Am I correct in saying not all men or women are not taken in as Marines, right? Also, was your CO 24 years old or younger than you?

    I have read this man loved his job and wanted to make a career out it and was taking courses in Criminal Justice and he had been there for 3 years, so I was probably wrong about him being too young, but there does have to be a high degree of maturity to do that job unlike the childish comments on this board about being so harsh on the inmates. They are there to take the safety and well being of the inmates entrusted to their care seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1288391846 Tramayn Washington

    Definitely, it all comes with training.  some COs are just as young.. you can be a Lieutenant and be a Commanding Officer.  It doesn’t matter about age… all about what you know.. and how you perform.. you are right.. violence only begets violence

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BDYFODU3GDHCSYGUXY4M2DGODI Alejandra

    l i would like to ask you some info in private… can you email me at urrea_ale@yahoo.com

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BDYFODU3GDHCSYGUXY4M2DGODI Alejandra

    OMG.