A federal judge Wednesday ordered improvements be made at the death row unit of the Mississippi State Penitentiary, including yearly comprehensive mental examinations of the inmates.
U.S. Magistrate Jerry Davis, in an order filed in Oxford, ruled in a lawsuit filed on behalf of six inmates by the American Civil Liberties Union. Kelvin Jordan, convicted of killing Tony Roberts and his 2-year-old son Cadero Brantley in Lauderdale County, was among the plaintiffs.
The lawsuit alleged the conditions on the state's death row are inhumane and contribute to a high percentage of its inmates suffering from mental illness.
Davis ordered the Mississippi Department of Corrections to undertake ten actions to improve the living conditions at the prison. They include annual mental health checkups, better lighting, an improved toilet system and ways for inmates to deal with the hot summer months and insect infestations.