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Mississippi ranks near top for inmate deaths

Daniel Cottrell committed suicide on Oct. 14, 2011, in his cell at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian just six years into his 20-year prison sentence for racketeering. He was 26 years old. From the time Cottrell entered state custody on Sept. 26, 2005, until the day he hanged himself, at least 373 other state inmates also lost their lives behind bars and helped push Mississippi's prison mortality rate to one of the highest in the nation, according to data from the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. [read the full story here]

Clarion Ledger, Monday, October 20, 2014
Tags: Prison Conditions & Corruption, Mississippi


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