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Former Jackson County inmate overhears suicide attempt call

“They said other inmates were in there going crazy.”
A Jackson County Adult Detention Center inmate died over the weekend.
A Jackson County Adult Detention Center inmate died over the weekend.(WLOX)
Updated: Jan. 6, 2019 at 8:38 PM CST
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JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office are assisting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with an investigation after two inmates died at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center in as many weeks.

Shaparis Johnson spent 13 days behind bars at the jail. On Saturday, she heard firsthand what happened.

“I actually heard through the nurse while I was back there getting my blood pressure checked," Johnson said.

Thirty-nine-year-old inmate Shaun Prive attempted to hang himself with a sheet, according to the sheriff’s department. It happened around lunchtime, the same time Johnson was getting her blood pressure checked.

“They said that this dude had killed himself, and then they started to talk about why, and I guess they said he just wanted to,” Johnson said. “Actually I heard them say that he damped a sheet and I guess tied it up and hung himself. They said the other inmates were in there going crazy, I guess trying to get one of them to come in there and see.”

Staff began CPR on Prive, then rushed him to Singing River Hospital. He was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

In a release from the sheriff’s department, Sheriff Mike Ezell said jail procedures will be reviewed, and any necessary changes made. Still, Johnson said something must be done.

“I feel like they need to put more people in here that care. They need to realize that this is just not a jail that holds people, fugitives. They actually have kids and families," she said.

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