The Mississippi Department of Corrections on Wednesday said two inmates have died in recent days at a Jackson hospital.
Both had been taken from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility to Merit Health Central.
James Ned Carter, 48, died Monday. He was sentenced July 11, 2008, as a habitual offender to 60 years for sale of a controlled substance in Neshoba County.
John Lee Lewis, 54, died Sunday. He was sentenced July 14, 2004, to three 25-year sentences to be served concurrently. Lewis pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling in Hinds County.
Management & Training Corporation operates East Mississippi Correctional Facility. The company said in a news release Tuesday that an inmate from there, Roger Green, 67, died Saturday in a hospital, a month after being admitted as a patient. Green was serving a life sentence for sexual battery and 15 years for unlawful touching of a child in Tippah County. He was sentenced in 2009.
The company said in a news release Saturday another inmate from East Mississippi Correctional Facility died Friday. Officers discovered Cortez Wooten, 27, unresponsive in his cell. CPR was unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead. Wooten was serving a 35-year sentence for manslaughter and armed robbery in Grenada County. He was sentenced in January 2012.
Autopsies are set for Wooten, Green, Lewis and Carter. At least eight Mississippi inmates have died this year.
At least 106 died from late 2019 until the end of 2020. Several inmates died during outbursts of violence in late December 2019 and early January 2020. The U.S. Justice Department announced in February that it is investigating the state’s prison system.