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Mississippi Prison Funding May Be Cut Despite Riots and Deaths

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JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Funding cuts, not increases, for state prisons, could be coming as the state rejected a plan to improve the safety of Unit 29 at Parchman where an inmate died. 36-year old Denorris Howell had been convicted of manslaughter in Marshall County. He sustained a neck injury and died after getting into a fight with another inmate. The state department of corrections planned to spend $22 million this year to repair the roof, re-enforce walls and doorways in all cells and replace doors and locks at Unit 29 but the Joint Legislative Budget Committee wants to cut Parchman’s budget by $2.6 million.

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