Mississippi inmate with broken arm waits weeks for a cast


In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo Sherren Smith, mother of inmate Wesley Clayton’s children, holds a set of photographs of the lower left arm that was broken in a recent prison riot at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, following a joint hearing of the House Corrections and Judiciary B Committees, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Clayton’s family says the arm was left untreated for about a month. They credit a lawmaker for intervening and getting the inmate medical treatment. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi inmate had to wait about a month to get a cast on his arm that was broken during a prison riot.

People close to Wesley Clayton say he got the cast Wednesday after a legislator intervened on his behalf.

The state Department of Corrections will not answer questions about Clayton’s situation, citing privacy concerns.

Mississippi prisons are under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department after a string of inmate deaths.

Sherren Smith is the mother of Clayton’s children.

She says he received a pain injection after his arm was broken but she and others had to make multiple calls seeking help for him.

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