Sunday, 11 September 2011

Fugitive Justice In Mississippi 
When a prisoner escapes from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, "the chase" begins. The scene is similar to that of a hunting club, but the prey are human convicts.
Trusty prisoners at Parchman work overtime, preparing coffee, sandwiches and other food for the members of the chase.
The K-9 tactical unit goes into motion: the horses are saddled, the hunting dogs are let-loose, and the police band radios in the prison pick-up trucks crackle.
If the prisoners are caught (although may do actually outwit the prisons' Emergency Response Team), this rare anthropological rite intensifies. The apprehended prisoners are beaten, and many times killed: as were the men in these photographs.
In 1991, inmate Larry Floyd escaped from Parchman by driving an automobile off the institutional grounds. Floyd wrecked the vehicle a few miles down Highway 49, south of the sprawling prison. A posse of jackbooted prison guards captured him; and he was severely beaten to within an inch of his life.
Mississippi Attorney General, Mike Moore, and his team of prosecutors, on charges of police brutality, brought numerous prison officials to federal court. Several guards were convicted and sent to federal prison.
One of the guards who were acquitted, Christopher Epps, was recently named Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Caution! - The photos you are about to see are disturbing. They are of the killings at Parchman by prison guards. Open with care. You must be 18 years or older to review.
We do not know the names of the victims in these photos. We place them here on our website in the hopes that someone will come forward to identify these men.
Letter to Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Letter to Library of Congress

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