Guard Killed, 19 Injured in Mississippi Prison Riot

Officials battle to bring privately run facility under control
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2012 1:09 AM CDT
Updated May 21, 2012 9:39 AM CDT
Guard Killed in Mississippi Prison Riot
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A 23-year-old guard has been killed and 16 workers injured in a riot by hundreds of inmates at a private Mississippi prison. Three inmates were also hospitalized, though one has since been returned to prison. The riot broke out at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez at around 2:40pm yesterday, according to the AP. Some two dozen employees were taken hostage, and local and state law enforcement agencies had to be called in to quell the violence.

They quickly regained control of most of the prison, but one section held out until 2:45 this morning, CNN reports. "I just want people to understand that no one has gotten out and no one will," a local county sheriff assured the public during the standoff. "We have all our deputies out here and ready. The county can sleep well because we've got it secured." The Tennessee-based company running the facility did not reveal what triggered the violence. The prison houses some 2,500 prisoners—many of them illegal immigrants—for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. (More prison stories.)

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