FBI: Inmates in Miss. riot upset over treatment

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Posted: Aug 13, 2012 1:59 PM
FBI: Inmates in Miss. riot upset over treatment

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An FBI agent's affidavit says a deadly riot at a Mississippi prison was started by inmates who were angry about what they considered poor food and medical care and disrespectful guards.

One guard was killed and 20 people were injured in the May 20 riot at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez. The prison, owned by Corrections Corp. of America, holds illegal immigrants.

An FBI affidavit, filed last week in U.S. District Court, says a Mexican group known as Paisas started the riot. The affidavit was part of a complaint charging one prisoner with rioting.

The complaint says Paisas was the most influential group in the prison, but it had gone through a leadership shake-up. It says the new leaders ordered underlings to disobey staff until their demands were met.