'State of emergency' designation remains in place at Parchman

Source: WLBT

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves affirmed Monday the continued state of emergency at Mississippi State Penitentiary. the notice was delivered to Secretary of State Michael Watson, as required by law.

It allows emergency funds to be available as the state works to address the issues in Unit 29 of Parchman, according to the governor's office.

Interim Commissioner Tommy Taylor was tasked with leading the effort to improve conditions and restore order. The governor's office says he has made progress effectively and quickly.

Reeves previously announced that his administration is working to transfer inmates from the troubled unit quickly and safely.