A prison guard was killed Sunday during a riot that also injured five other correctional officers and hurt three inmates at a privately run facility in Mississippi that holds illegal immigrants, authorities said.

The riot began about 2:40 p.m. CDT and involved dozens of inmates before it was brought under control late Sunday night. Adams County Coroner James Lee confirmed that a guard died, but said he could not provide any other details until the correctional officer’s family was notified.

Emilee Beach, a spokeswoman at the Adams County Correctional Center in southwest Mississippi, said the uprising involved multiple inmates but she wasn’t sure exactly how many because the investigation was still ongoing.


Beach said the prison, owned and operated by Corrections Corp. of America, holds illegal immigrants, most for charges of re-entering the United States after being deported.


The 2,567-bed prison in Natchez houses adult male illegal immigrants for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.\


Adams County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Emily Ham said no inmates had escaped the facility.

After the uprising began, CCA’s Special Response Team and the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s SWAT team sought to quell activities within the prison while state and local law-enforcement officers secured the perimeter of the complex, Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said in a statement.

Mayfield told the Natchez Democrat that 15 employees were freed at one time during the uprising by opening a fence and protecting the route with guns.

The sheriff said in a statement early Monday that there were at least two dozen hostages being held at one time.

Mayfield added that prison personnel had “gained total control” of the complex.


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  • Bah humbug.  They’re only here to do the prison rioting American inmates won’t do.

  • I’ve spent over 21 years working in the Criminal Justice field, including alot of time working in varous prisons.  In that time, I’ve had the misfortune to actually interact with CCA on occasion.   I was far from impressed with both the security skills of their staff and the lax security procedures of their facilities.  I have seen more problems such as staff corruption at privately run facilities than I ever did at actual state prisons.  It was clearly a case of “you get what you pay for”.

    I’m a free market conservative, and I’m for privatization were possible.  But prisons are NOT something that need to be farmed out to the lowest bidder. 

    • ageofknowledge

      No kidding. That’s how you get these situations where the worst of the worst end up living in luxury by bribing all the prison guards while they run their armies on the street.

  • anmpr1

    Why are we “holding” illegals from Mexico?  How stupid is that?  If we had sent them back, none of this would have happened.

    • RockyBass

       I am all for holding illegals who have committed crimes more then coming here. They will just be back, I would make prison something the “prisoners” had trouble surviving though.

    •  Because Mexico won’t take them back.  That’s why most “deportations” are only in theory, because aside from a million other hangups, the illegal alien’s home country must accept them back.  Would you want these types back if you were Mexico?

  • The__Bobster

    Just evacuate the remaining guards and then nuke the place.

  • Johnny Reb

    We need to fire CCA and hire KFC.  You ever hear of a chicken rioting?

    Yeah, that’s supposed to be funny, but there’s truth in it.  KFC has a no-nonsense approach towards chickens.  I don’t know much about CCA but I suspect they’re hog-tied by government regs about how prisoners should be treated.  Illegals probably sit around all day cooking up little schemes or sodomizing  each other and the stay is probably a relaxing little vacation before going home.  It’s probably the cleanest, healthiest and fullest they’ve been in years. 

    An illegal arrested sneaking in should be subject to an immediate sentence of 5-10 years at hard labor.  Then, after being physically and mentally broken, they should be kicked back to where they came from. 

    Treat them like KFC treats its chickens and watch the “border problem” disappear.

  • ageofknowledge

    When you Google, you find articles like this which tell of Mississippi streetgangs working the Mexican cartel.


  • WHY even WASTE TAX dollars “holding” them – just flog them and send them back with a jug of warm water.

    Cheaper – and INS could examine their backs for scarring if they’re bold enough to return.
    Or, do what Mexico does to Guatemalan Border Jumpers: shoot them and pitch them off the back of a pickup truck. Nobody complains about that and Mexico sure doesn’t have immigration “problems.”

  • These illegal invaders should have been neutralized at the border before they had the chance to violate our sovereignty once more. How many more America citizens have to die at the hands of illegal invaders before this government begins to fight back!

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    blacks : ” whaaaa whaaaa whaaaa we can’t succeed because of slavery blah blah blah …. ” no you can’t succeed because you are weak and thats why you were slaves to begin with because you are weak and can’t do anything for yourself. not yesterday not today and not in the future AND THE WORLD KNOWS IT