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Published on January 22nd, 2023 | by Lafayette County Sheriff


Inmate Dies Inside the Lafayette County Detention Center in Oxford, Mississippi

On Tuesday, January 16, 2023, at approximately 5:37 pm, deputies assigned to the Lafayette County Detention Center, located at 711 Jackson Avenue in Oxford, Mississippi, were called to the cell of an unresponsive male inmate.

Custody staff and jail medical staff immediately administered life-saving measures. Medical response personnel also responded, assumed life-saving measures and the inmate was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital. Ultimately, medical personnel pronounced the male inmate deceased at approximately 6:20 pm.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office Investigators along with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Department of Corrections Investigators responded and assumed the investigation. The cause of death will later be determined by the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office. There were no signs of foul play but due to the ongoing status of the investigation, no further information will be available by the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Out of respect for the family and the agencies conducting the investigation, this press release was delayed until all notifications were completed.

Any questions should be directed to the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.

Please be in prayer with us for the inmate and his family.

Joey East
Sheriff, Lafayette County

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The Office of Sheriff is a four year term filled through an at-large election process. Duties of the Sheriff involve two primary areas; law enforcement of the county and administrative. The law enforcement duties are to keep the peace in Lafayette County while administrative duties consist primarily of serving as the county jailor. Due to the growth of Lafayette County, the Sheriff Department now employs 26 deputies working four 12 hour shifts.

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