About 300 prisoners were involved in a riot at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Mississippi in the death of one corrections officer and five others being injured.  A total of 16 other prison employees required medical treatment or hospitalization.  Three inmates also were injured and had to be hospitalized.

The disturbance started about 2:40 pm on Sunday afternoon in the prison yard between rival gang factions.  The disturbance grew rapidly in a mob mentality.  At one point during the riot, 24 prison employees were being held as hostages.

Sometime early in the riot, a prison guard was assaulted and ended up on the roof of one of the buildings.  That prison guard, Senior Corrections Officer Catlin Carithers, age 24, a three year veteran of the facility was located and brought to the main gate for transportation to a hospital.  He was later pronounced deceased from blunt force trauma to the head.

The prison, located in Natchez, Mississippi is privately run by Corrections Corporation of America.  The prison housed about 2,500 male inmates for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Most of the inmates were being held for re-entering the United States after being deported.

CCA’s Special Response Team, of which Corrections Officer Carithers was a member, and the Mississippi State Police SWAT team herded the inmates back into their cells while local and state law enforcement officers secured the perimeter of the grounds.  The inmates were locked down in their cells by 11:30 p.m. Sunday night.

Carithers is survived by a fiance, brothers, cousins, and his parents.  Senior Corrections Officer Catlin Carithers, gone but never forgotten.

EOW:  Sunday May 20, 2012

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