An FBI agent has in an affidavit provided some details as to the origins and spread of an inmate riot in May at a Mississippi prison run by Corrections Corp. of America. The uprising was allegedly led by a group of Mexican inmates unhappy with their food and medical care as well as their treatment at the hands of their guards.
At one point, the inmates gained access to a section of the prison by telling the warden they wanted to go back to their cells, but they ended up taking more hostages once they got into that part of the facility, the affidavit said. Other inmates were able to break through a fence and get a 32-foot ladder, which they used to get on the roof of a building. That's where Carithers was killed.