Riots across the Mississippi Department of Corrections facilities began between Christmas and New Year's. Fights between inmates happened at the state pen in Parchman as well as a jail in Chickasaw County.
State lawmakers convened in Jackson for the 2020 legislative session, with prison reform a priority, according to WAPT.
“We need to do something and do something quickly,” said state Sen. John Horhn.
“The only way to fix this is money, period,” said state Sen. Joel Carter. “Mississippi is in great financial shape right now; we just have to be responsible about it. The guards are underpaid, and the pay isn’t worth it. They’re only paid $25,000, and money is always an issue.”
New Gov. Tate Reeves said much work needs to be done to resolve the crisis.