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Mississippi prison escapee back in custody, the 2nd one still at large, officials say

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One of the two inmates believed to have escaped on Saturday from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, is back in custody, investigators said early Sunday.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections and tweeted just before 3:30 pm, David May, and was in custody.

Further details were not immediately released.

David, 42, is serving a life sentence for two aggravated assault convictions in Harrison County, Mississippi. He has escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Saturday. Investigators announced Sunday that he is back in custody. (Mississippi Department of Corrections

The Corrections Department said that in May, 42, Dillion Williams, 27, were discovered missing from the Parchman during an “emergency count” for about 1:45 a.m. Saturday.

May is serving a life sentence for two aggravated assault convictions in Harrison County, Williams was a 40-year prison sentence for burglary and aggravated assault in Marshall County.

Dillion Williams, 27, was serving a 40-year prison sentence for burglary and aggravated assault in Marshall County, Mississippi. He has escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Saturday, and it was still on the run on Sunday. (Mississippi Department of Corrections

Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted on Saturday that he was directed “to use all necessary assets and staff to be” on the lookout for two prisoners who have escaped.

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Parchman is a series of cell-blocks are spread over thousands of acres of farmland in the Mississippi Delta region. Prisoners who want to escape from their cells, and sometimes it would not be out of the house.

Parchman was one of several prisons, rocked by violence over the past few weeks.

Five prisoners died in prison violence since the Dec. 29; three of the deaths took place at Parchman.

The corrections Commissioner, Pelicia Hall, and Mississippi, the outgoing prisons chief, said on Friday that four out of every five executions of prisoners since Sunday because of the violence, the gangs, the guards struggled to maintain control of the troubled inmates.

The family members of the detainees who spoke to The Associated Press and other news outlets said, there is a confrontation between the Vice Lords and Black Gangster Disciples.

The two gangs that have occurred behind bars in the Mississippi river; in previous encounters at Parchman and other prisons, have taken place in the last 15 years or so. In a 2015 survey of 3,000 people in the ” Black Gangster Disciple members, and nearly 2,000 of the Vice Lords into the prisons all over the state.

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Mississippi’s prison system has struggled to fill guard vacancies, Hall says, it’s hard to get people to draw a salary to begin with less than $25,000 per year. Some of the guards ended up bringing of illegal drugs and mobile telephones into prisons. Criminal charges were filed in 2014, compared to 26 state correctional officers.

Some of the prisoners, including South Mississippi, the areas where many of the prisoners were housed in bunk beds in one large room rather than individual cells, which can lead to worse security problems. To the south of the Mississippi river, in Greene County, in, was locked down for nearly all of 2019, in part due to guard shortages.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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