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Mississippi Prison Officials Appeal Decision On Leake County Facility

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Mississippi prison officials say they plan to appeal continued federal court oversight of a Leake County prison.

Lawyers for Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher filed a notice of appeal Wednesday in federal court in Jackson, saying they will ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the decision by a district judge.

The state and prison operator Management & Training Corp. argued conditions had improved so much at the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in early 2015 that U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves should end the 2012 consent decree.

Reeves, though, found in a June ruling that not enough time has passed to prove improvements will stick. Thus, he ruled the prison is still so unsafe that it violates inmates' constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

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