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Second inmate also used a bed sheet to hang himself, Jackson County sheriff says

After two inmate suicides, Jackson County sheriff speaks out

Two inmates committed suicide within a little over a week at the Jackson County jail, the sheriff says. Jail officials are taking a look at procedures to see if any changes need to be made.
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Two inmates committed suicide within a little over a week at the Jackson County jail, the sheriff says. Jail officials are taking a look at procedures to see if any changes need to be made.

A second inmate at the Jackson County jail has died within about a week after hanging themselves with bed sheets, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

Both inmates had been in custody a little more than six weeks, jail dockets show.

A corrections officer found Shaun Prive, 39, with a sheet around his neck during lunch on Saturday and he died at a hospital about 3 a.m. Sunday, Ezell said.

The other dead inmate, Gene Danley Jr., was found hanged in his cell Dec. 28 less than 20 minutes after he tried to make a phone call but couldn’t reach the person he was calling.

“We’re looking at all our procedures, we’re looking at everything to make sure we’ve done everything we can do,” Ezell said Monday. “If we need to make changes, we will.”

Jail staff tried to revive Prive and found a pulse, and he was taken to Singing River Hospital, where he died, he said.

Prive had been in custody since his arrest on Nov. 21, 2018, when he was booked at the Harrison County jail on several warrants. He was held for a court appearance on a felony forgery charge — a charge involving $1,000 or more — and two misdemeanor counts of contempt of court on warrants from Pascagoula.

The forgery charge involved an arrest on May 20, 2018 from alleged offenses in Biloxi on March 2, 2017.

The contempt charges in Pascagoula involved his failure to pay old fines totally $2,618, records show. He likely could have been released from jail on about that much in bail money.The fine money could have been paid for his release from jail.

Prive was transferred to the Jackson County jail on Dec. 20, 2018.

The other dead inmate, Gene Danley Jr., was found on Dec. 28.

Danley, 35, was being held before his transfer to a state prison on a probation violation after his arrest on misdemeanor charges. Pascagoula police arrested him Nov. 12 on charges of public drunk and giving false identifying information.

Danley was a jail trustee. The probation violation was on his felony conviction on an assault charge involving his then live-in girlfriend, a family member has told the Sun Herald.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office are assisting the sheriff’s office in investigating the deaths.

SunHerald.com will update this report.

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Robin Fitzgerald covers real-time news, such as crime, public safety and trending stories. In nearly 40 years as a journalist, her highest honors include investigative awards for covering the aftermath of the fatal beating of a Harrison County jail inmate in 2006 and related civil rights violations. She is a Troy University graduate.


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