Category Archives: prison conditions

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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Hope in the Midst of Despair

Imagine being on death row for 20 years, convicted of crimes of which you are innocent. Your juries believed the prosecutors, and during the appeals process your innocence becomes irrelevant (appeals focus only on whether correct procedures have been followed). … 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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Twenty Wasted Years

Today, November 10 2014, is a significant landmark for Willie Jerome Manning: on this day it is twenty years since he first entered Mississippi’s death row. When he was taken onto death row the first official White House website had just … 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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