UPDATE: 10:15 P.M. – One more name has been added to the list of inmates who have died while being in the custody of the department of corrections.
Marshall County Correctional Facility says an inmate died of natural causes today.
This marks the second death at the Marshall County prison in a week and 14 overall in the state prison system. The family of this inmate spoke to him just last night before hearing the heartbreaking news hours later.
Serving life at the Marshall County Correctional Facility, 52-year-old Nora Ducksworth was pronounced dead around 12:00 P.M. on Thursday from what MDOC calls “natural causes.”
“We just spoke with him and there wasn’t anything going on with him,” sister-in-law Shennet Phillips said. “He was just fine last night. They said he passed away from a heart attack.”
An autopsy has yet to be done, but relatives like Shennet Phillips, believe there’s more they aren’t being told.
“Everybody is just in shock, and can’t believe it,” Phillips told us. “I don’t believe he had a heart attack. His kids don’t believe he had a heart attack either.”
Phillips like many across the state has been regularly attending prison reform rallies. Now she says she plans to push even harder for chances at parole and lighter sentences.
“It’s a family member that I lost up in there, and then I just had another family member that I watched get stabbed on video,” Phillips continued. “So much going on up in there to where they’re being treated like animals, but they’re still human no matter what they did.”
This cry has made its way to the State Capitol where the pressure is on for lawmakers to act immediately.
“Our committee members are going out into all the regional prisons this week,” Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann explained. “And we have a hit list of questions we want to ask. What is your staffing? So that we might give the executive branch the economics they need.”
Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann also wants new ways to help former inmates get back into society once they’re released with finding work, getting a driver’s license and staying out of jail for good.
When asked about participating in a new prison reform rally outside the Governors Mansion Saturday Phillips says she’ll be wearing her brother-in-law’s picture on her shirt. Hoping her cause will save another family from the same tragedy.
MARSHALL COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — Investigators were called to the Marshall County Correctional Facility after another inmate death.
According to the Marshall County Coroner’s Office, they received the call about the death just before 12:30 Thursday afternoon.
The inmate has been identified as 52-year-old Nora Ducksworth. According to Management and Training Corporation, Ducksworth died of natural causes. No foul play is suspected in his death.
An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the Ducksworth’s cause of death.
This is the second inmate to have died at the facility since Saturday evening.
Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson released a statement on Twitter about the recent deaths.