Alissa Zhu, Hattiesburg American

Alissa Zhu

Hattiesburg American

Jackson, MS, United States

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Recent articles by Alissa:

'Constant peril': Mississippi Parchman inmates file 2nd lawsuit aided by Jay-Z, Yo Gotti

The lawsuit, filed in federal court Tuesday, seeks to become a class action suit to represent all Parchman inmates. → Read More

Historic flooding slams Mississippi as river continues to rise: 'This thing isn't over yet'

The Pear River rose to its third highest level in recorded history Sunday morning. Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday. → Read More

Jackson flooding: What you need to know Friday

Check here for information about finding shelter, what to do if your home is flooded and more. → Read More

Department of Justice launches civil rights investigation into Mississippi prisons

Investigators will look into conditions at Parchman, SMCI, CMCF and the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. → Read More

Double murder investigation: 2 people shot to death at Edwards apartments, authorities say

Authorities are searching for a person of interest known as "BOBO," the sheriff's office said. → Read More

Mississippi lottery: Lee County woman wins $100,000 in scratch-off game

"What a way to start the weekend!" the Mississippi Lottery notes. → Read More

Mississippi inmate dies at Marshall County Correctional Facility

The coroner estimated the man had been dead for four to six hours, possibly more, by the time he responded to the prison at around 8:40 p.m. Saturday. → Read More

Parchman inmate dead 'by apparent suicide.' 10th Mississippi inmate death in prison crisis

Ten men have died while in MDOC custody since Dec. 29. Eight of them were inmates at Parchman. → Read More

Two more Mississippi inmates killed at Parchman prison. Inmate death toll reaches nine.

"At this moment, it appears to be an isolated incident — not a continuation of the recent retaliatory killings," MDOC said in a tweet. → Read More

'Let the people speak': Activists call for reform amid Mississippi prison crisis

People filled room at Corrections Task Force meeting demanding action for Mississippi's prison crisis. → Read More

'Leadership crisis': Mississippi searches nationwide for prison commissioner, names interim

Mayor of Boyle Tommy Taylor was named as interim MDOC Commissioner by Gov. Tate Reeves. → Read More

Jay-Z lawsuit. Deaths. Riots. Gang violence. What you need to know about Mississippi's troubled prisons

The year started out with riots, killings, a fire and two escapes at Mississippi prisons. → Read More

Parchman death: Inmate found hanging in cell, coroner says

Officers last saw Gabriel Carmen alive at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, the coroner said. → Read More

Jay-Z, Yo Gotti follow through on lawsuit over Mississippi prisons. 'Lives are in peril'

Attorneys working with Jay-Z and Yo Gotti are suing MDOC Commissioner Pelicia Hall on behalf of 29 people incarcerated in Mississippi prisons. → Read More

Second top Mississippi prisons official steps down

Jerry Williams, deputy commissioner of institutions, said he had been considering stepping down for months, said a MDOC news release. → Read More

Parchman prison Unit 29 deemed unsafe. Where will 625 Mississippi inmates go?

Meanwhile, one prisoner rights advocacy group is calling for Parchman to be closed permanently to end what it calls the prison's "legacy of despair." → Read More

Parchman inmates being moved to private prison in Tallahatchie County

The move "is among steps the MDOC is taking to maintain order in the wake or recent unrest in the state prison system," an MDOC tweet states. → Read More

'Shut down MDOC': Here's why advocates are calling for feds to investigate Mississippi prisons

An MDOC spokeswoman said the agency does not discuss potential litigation or investigations. → Read More

Parchman inmate dies of natural causes at hospital, coroner says

'This doesn't have anything to do with the riots. This is a man who has multiple medical issues,' the coroner said. → Read More

Parchman reopens notorious, long-closed Unit 32 after deadly Mississippi prison violence

A mother of an inmate who has colon cancer says her son was moved from a medical unit at Parchman to Unit 32. 'I feel like they're trying to kill him.' → Read More