Both stories are on one incident. See how one source neutralizes the comments, while Fox News lets them know what may have caused the riots, and goes more in-depth.
Story below as reported on Fox News.
Sheriff: Gang started prison riot in Mississippi
Published May 21, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. – As many as 300 inmates, some of them armed with makeshift weapons such as broomsticks, rioted at a privately run prison for illegal immigrants, beating a guard to death and injuring 19 people, a sheriff said Monday.
More than two dozen officers were held hostage at some point during the hours-long spate of violence Sunday, including a group of 15 who had to be rescued by special response teams, Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said. A gang fight set off the violence, the sheriff said. The guard was killed on the roof of one of the prison buildings.
Sixteen prison employees were treated for various injuries and released from a hospital. Three inmates were hurt, officials said.
The Adams County Correctional Facility holds nearly 2,500 illegal immigrants, with most serving time for coming back to the United States after being deported, said Emilee Beach, a prison spokeswoman. Some of the inmates have also been convicted of other crimes.
The guard killed was identified as Catlin Carithers, who joined Corrections Corporation of America in 2009 and was a senior correctional officer, the Nashville, Tenn.-based company said on its website. CCA is one of the largest private prison companies in the country.
Carithers' cousin, Jason Clark, said the slain guard was engaged and was excited about a recent promotion that took him off the weekend shifts. He had been trained in recent years as part of the prison's special response team and was called into work Sunday to help with the uprising.
"He liked protecting people," Clark said, adding that his cousin had worked as a volunteer firefighter.
It wasn't immediately clear if the gang fight started between members of the same gang or rival groups, but the situation escalated quickly and spread throughout the prison, Mayfield said.
"They had makeshift weapons, broom handles, mop handles, anything they could pull apart, trashcan lids for shields, anything they could grab," Mayfield said. At one point, the inmates set a fire in the prison yard.
Frank Smith, who runs the online prison watchdog group Private Corrections Working Group, said riots are usually caused by poor conditions, but the sheriff said that was not the case.
"The big problem is CCA tries to cut corners in every possible way. They short-staff, the don't fix equipment, and things just get more and more out of control, and that's what leads to these riots. It's just about maximizing short-term profits," he said.
The prison in southwest Mississippi remained on lockdown Monday. Officials were assessing damage.
Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said the facility holds low-security inmates.
CCA officials have not responded to questions about what set off the uprising.
"CCA will support full prosecution under the law for all inmates identified as having committed criminal acts during the disturbance," a statement from the company said.
CCA houses about 75,000 offenders and detainees in more than 60 facilities around the country, according to its website.
In 2004, inmates at a different CCA prison in Mississippi set fire to mattresses, clothing and a portable toilet. No injuries were reported. The company announced after that disturbance that it would add about 25 guards at the Tallahatchie County facility.
In Idaho, violence at a CCA-run prison has prompted federal lawsuits, public scrutiny and increased state oversight. In 2010, Vermont inmates being held at a CCA prison in Tennessee were subdued with chemical grenades after refusing to return to their cells.
Associated Press writer Laura Wides-Munoz in Miami, Fla., contributed to this report.
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Story below As reported in the Chicago Tribune.
Inmates riot in Mississippi prison, one guard killed
(Reuters) - Inmates seized control of a privately owned prison in Mississippi on Sunday after riots broke out, and a guard was killed in the chaos in the low security facility, authorities said.
Adams County Coroner James Lee said the 23-year-old guard died of blunt trauma to the head during the riot at the Adams County Correctional Center, a privately owned prison that houses mostly illegal immigrants for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
"This is an ongoing riot that still has not been rectified because the prisoners are in still in charge of the prison," Lee said, speaking at around 9 p.m. local time.
The disturbance in the 2,567-bed prison began on Sunday afternoon inside the facility in Natchez, Mississippi, the Corrections Corporation of America, which owns the prison, said in a statement.
Photographs of the scene showed white smoke lingering above the prison yard. The Natchez Democrat newspaper said a SWAT team was stationed outside the prison and, at one point, prisoners lit a fire.
The paper quoted Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield as saying eight prison employees remained in the prison and authorities were working to get them out.
"I personally saw the fire start outside the prison but within the fences. ... It looked like they launched tear gas," local resident Sessions Vestal, who lives about a mile down the road from the prison, told Reuters.
Five prison employees and an inmate were injured and sent to a hospital outside the facility. Most of the prison's inmates are illegal immigrants from Mexico. Many were arrested on drug-related charges and awaiting deportation.
The company that owns the prison deployed several special response teams - both from that facility and from others it owns - to quell the riot while state and local law enforcement agencies secured the outside perimeter, the statement said.
"The disturbance is contained within the secure perimeter of the facility, with no threat to public safety," it added.
There was no immediate word on what sparked the riot.
(Reporting by Karen Brooks in Austin, Texas and Emily Le Coz in Tupelo, Miss.; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Stacey Joyce)
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Leflore private prison to cease operations
Nov. 10, 2011, 4:28 p.m. EST
GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said Thursday that a privately run prison in Leflore County will close in January.
Epps said the state and Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America mutually agreed to cease operations.
"This decision wasn't reached overnight," Epps told The Associated Press.
He said the state's cost per day for taking care of inmates was $34.61 for medium custody beds. By state law, Epps said CCA had to accept a rate of 10 percent less, or about $31.15 per inmate per day.
"They said they couldn't make it on that," Epps said.
Epps said there will be more savings to the state because he will move the inmates to facilities where he won't have to spend anything extra other than providing meals, clothing and medical care.
Delta Correctional Facility, which opened in 1996, has about 218 employees. There are presently about 900 inmates housed in the medium-security prison and another 125 in the adjacent Leflore County Jail, which CCA also has been under contract to operate. CCA announced it will be pulling out of operating the jail as well.
Epps and CCA officials said plans are to cease operations of the 1,172-bed Delta Correctional Facility in Greenwood, Miss. on Jan. 15, 2012.
Epps said he has over 4,000 vacant beds in the corrections system, which includes state facilities, community work centers and regional prisons.
"Eight hundred of them are going to regional facilities and the others to state facilities," he said.
Epps said he met Thursday with local employees..
"I feel sorry for the employees but I am going to work to get them hired in other places," he said.
Epps said one of those places may be with the Leflore County jail. He said the jail will need staff after CCA pulls out. He said the logistics of how Leflore County will take over the jail once CCA leaves are still being worked out.
"CCA sincerely appreciates the partnership it has had with the state and the community of Greenwood, Mississippi for more than seven years and it is certainly with deep regret that we find ourselves unable to renew the contract," Damon Hininger, CCA's president and CEO, said in a statement.
"At this time, however, the need by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for beds/services at Delta no longer exists. CCA will work with the Mississippi Department of Corrections and Leflore County to assist with the transition of inmate populations to other facilities," he said.
Epps said all the prisoners should be moved out by early January.
"I think I made the right decision. We saved the state of Mississippi some money," he said.
Epps, in an effort to cut costs, has been pushing alternatives to incarceration. Mississippi has the second highest incarceration rate in the nation.
Presently, the state has 21,500 inmates, but some facilities are operating well below capacity. For instance, the 15 regional jails are holding about 1,000 fewer inmates than their combined authorized capacity.
In a previous effort to downsize Mississippi's prison system, Delta Correctional Facility was closed in 2002 during the administration of Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. His Republican opponent in 2003, Haley Barbour, pledged to reopen the prison. He did in April 2004, less than three months after he took office.
Some information from: Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com