Deceased Inmate's Name Released

Officials identified him as 48-year-old Joseph Brown.

Officials say he was found around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, hanging in his cell and not breathing. He was taken to a Meridian hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Brown's body will be sent to Jackson for an autopsy.

Brown was serving time for sexual battery in Lee County, and was scheduled for release in January 2011.

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