Seventh inmate dies in Mississippi prisons in two weeks

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By Sarah Fowler

Mississippi Clarion Ledger


A seventh inmate has died in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections in two weeks.


Lucious Bolton, 29, died at Allegiance Speciality Hospital in Greenville Wednesday at 4:22 p.m., according to a press release issued by MDOC.


Bolton was housed in Parchman at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. The manner and cause of death are pending autopsy. MDOC declined to release information surrounding Bolton’s death.

Bolton was less than six months into a 14-year sentence for burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced Feb. 28 in Jackson County.


Rep. Bill Kinkade, the Republican chairman of the House Corrections Committee, said “the health and safety of our inmates is of great concern to me.”


Kinkade said he was not “privy” to the investigations surrounding the seven deaths. He added, however, that he would be able to comment further once findings were released.


The ages of the seven deceased inmates range from 29 to 78. Three were housed at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution, two were at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and two were at Parchman. Four of the deceased were black and three were white.


The manner and cause of death has not been made public in any of the seven deaths.


Other inmate deaths this month:


  • Aug. 2: Albert McGee, 57, South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville
  • Aug. 4: Charles R. McCullough, 66, State Penitentiary at Parchman
  • Aug. 4: Willie Hollinghead, 36, South Mississippi Correctional Institution
  • Aug. 5: Robert Joseph, 38, Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County
  • Aug. 5: Jack Glisson, 70, South Mississippi Correctional Institution
  • Aug. 11: Ricky Martin, 58, Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.


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