|(CCA Photo of Adams CCF)|
By Max Rodriguez, Backgate Website
A riot that broke out in the Corrections Corp. of America (CCA) run Adams Correctional Facility in Natchez Mississippi has left one Correctional Officer dead, and as many as 7 injured and transported to a local hospital. The riot broke out among a large group of prisoners at 2:40 PM CST at the Federal Bureau of prisons leased facility 90 miles Southwest of Jackson and was still not back in CCA control as of 9:00 pm CST.
Bureau of Prisons Officers and the Mississippi State Police were assisting in the incident and stated that the prisoners were secure inside the fences and none had escaped. Smoke from fires inside the prison could still be seen pouring out just after sunset. The facility, owned by CCA since 2009 holds a maximum of 2,567 male prisoners that are classified as illegal immigrants of all nationalities that have illegally re-entered the U.S. after being previously deported.
|Warden Vance Laughlin|
Laughlin joined CCA in May 2004, bringing more than 15 years of correctional experience with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Officers working at CCA facilities will tell you that not unlike the Texas prison system, they too are always short handed and underpaid. A CCA Correctional Officer brings home less pay then a TDCJ Officer, and deals with much of the same daily grind.
No word was given as to the status of the other injured Officers that were transported to local hospitals. It was stated however that all are expected to recover from their injuries. We would like to send condolences out the the family and friends of the Officer that lost his life and thank him for his service.