Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on Monday called for the closure of Unit 29 of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, a cell block officials have deemed “unsafe” due to failing infrastructure. The announcement comes amid a spate of deaths in the state prison system in recent months

“I have instructed the Mississippi Department of Corrections to begin the necessary work to start closing Parchman’s most notorious unit, Unit 29,” Reeves said at his 2020 State of the State address. “I’ve seen enough. We have to turn the page. This is the first step, and I have asked the department to begin the preparations to make it happen safely, justly and quickly.”

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