Inmate from east Mississippi prison dies in Jackson hospital

A company that operates the East Mississippi Correctional Facility said Monday that an inmate from that prison has died in a Jackson hospital.

Otis C. Taylor, 51, was being treated for an undisclosed illness at St. Dominic Hospital and died there Friday, said Issa Arnita, a spokesman for Management & Training Corporation.

Arnita said no foul play was suspected in Taylor’s death and an autopsy will be done.

Taylor was serving a 15-year sentence for convictions on armed robbery in Scott County and robbery in Rankin County.

Taylor was at least the 80th inmate to die in Mississippi prisons since late December. Several inmates died during outbursts of violence in late December and early January. The U.S. Justice Department announced in February that it is investigating the state’s prison system.

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