Central Mississippi Correctional Facility facing internal investigation after inmate death

Officials at the Mississippi Department of Corrections have opened an internal investigation into the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility following the death of an inmate.

According to a news release, Ronald Frederick Apgar, 39, suddenly died at the facility Friday. His cause of death has not yet been released.

Commissioner Burl Cain said in a statement that one employee has been banned from the facility in relation to the investigation. The agency is also reviewing the time it took for employees to help Apgar, he said.

“I personally want an independent, third-party investigation into what happened and will turn our findings, documents, video, everything over to the Rankin County district attorney,” Cain said.

The commissioner said further details surrounding the incident will be released when the respective investigations are complete.

According to Clarion Ledger records, at least 15 inmates have died in the Mississippi prison system so far in 2021. More than 100 died between December 2019 and December 2020, fueled in part by an outbreak of violence in the system. 

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