Category Archives: Mississippi State Penitentiary

Epps’ Last Chapter

Christopher Epps was the Mississippi Corrections Commissioner for 12 of the 22 years that Willie Manning has spent on the state’s death row. Now Epps is facing his own lengthy incarceration – nearly 20 years of it – for taking $1.4 million … Continue reading

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Multiple, Repeated Hygiene Breaches

The kitchen that provides food for Willie Manning and other Unit 29 inmates in Parchman prison, Mississippi, was closed down from July 24 because of its multiple, repeated hygiene breaches. Among the violations reported were: -Cornbread baked on dirty racks. -Bread … Continue reading

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Mississippi Prisoners Malnourished

According to the Mississippi Food Network, one in four Mississippians do not have enough to eat:  many therefore use food pantries. Prisoners, however, have no access to these. And according to Margaret Winter, associate director of the ACLU National Prison Project, … Continue reading

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A Very Big Beast in Mississippi

Mississippi’s Attorney General, Jim Hood, who was so vociferously in favour of Willie Jerome Manning’s execution two years ago, is embroiled in a battle to suppress the identity of people involved in executions and of those providing drugs for lethal … Continue reading

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The Death Penalty: No Place in the Twenty-First Century

The USA is in an increasingly isolated position in tolerating the death penalty: 117 countries last month voted for a global death penalty moratorium, with only 38, including the USA, voting against this. In its opposition America keeps strange company; … Continue reading

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A Message from Willie

Dear everyone I must have written you a hundred letters in my mind. Sometimes I just lay here and think of all the things I want to say – but for one reason or another – I always find it … Continue reading

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Mississippi Hustle*

Last month a bombshell was dropped in Mississippi: the resignation of the Corrections Commissioner, Christopher Epps, was swiftly followed by his arraignment on charges of accepting bribes of over $1m from a business man and former sheriff’s deputy, Cecil McCrory. … Continue reading

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Wardens’ Bloodied Hands

On October 14 Willie Manning took the next step in his quest for justice by filing his request for DNA and fingerprint testing in the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. On the same day the Mississippi newspaper, the Clarion Ledger, published … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera Documentary

Willie Jerome Manning is to be the subject of a documentary by Al Jazeera scheduled for broadcast later this year. In May, Al Jazeera sent a team to Mississippi to interview one of Willie’s attorneys and a local social activist, … Continue reading

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Extreme Danger Zones

Last week the Mississippi newspaper, The Clarion Ledger, headlined ‘Miss. prisoners on death row lack air conditioning’. It states that in Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP), where Willie Manning is incarcerated, no temperature records have been kept since March last year, … Continue reading

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