Prisoner deaths now at 15 this month

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Another prisoner has died in Mississippi, pushing the state’s in-custody death count for August to 15.

Greene County coroner Ladd Pulliam confirmed that a male inmate housed at South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville died on August 30.

The prisoner, whose name has not been made public, had been transferred to Promise Hospital of Vicksburg, where he spent more than a week, Pulliam said. He died of natural causes, according to the coroner.

Mississippi Today has reached out to the Mississippi Department of Corrections for comment and will update this post.

Read the rest of Mississippi Today’s coverage of this month’s spike in prison deaths here.