Coming Together During Crisis: We Remember Catlin Carithers
Fallen CCA employee Catlin Carithers.
Dear CCA Family,
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share news with you.
On Sunday, May 20, we experienced an incident at our Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Mississippi, during which inmates assaulted staff. Injuries were sustained by 17 of our faithful employees, including the tragic loss of one of our colleagues, Mr. Catlin Carithers, who did not survive injuries sustained.
Mr. Carithers was 24 years old, served as a senior correctional officer and joined CCA in 2009. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Carithers' family, the extended family at the Adams County facility and the supportive members of the community in Natchez.
We also are keenly focused on the welfare of our other officers involved in the inmate attacks, all of whom have been released from initial medical care.
The entire facility has been placed on lockdown status and all inmates have been accounted for. Our investigation of the incident continues with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and law enforcement officials. We thank the immediate response and strong support from the Adams County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi State Highway Patrol. Their responsiveness and coordination with the facility's response staff helped to bring resolution to the disturbance. Our Critical Incident Stress Management Team has been deployed to the facility to support employees as they process this event. We also appreciate the outpouring of prayers and words of support from our employees across the nation. Know that CCA will support full prosecution under the law for all inmates identified as having committed criminal acts during the disturbance.
It is often said in corrections that no matter how prepared we are – indeed, no matter how well-trained and experienced we become – nothing can brace us for the sobering loss of one of our own. Whether we are employees at the impacted facility or many miles away, we are all affected, saddened and, in ways both small and great, changed.
In difficult times like these, we truly face and acknowledge the incredible calling and sacrifice we've undertaken in providing this vital public service. Let us continue to keep each other in our thoughts at this time.
-Damon Hininger, CCA President and CEO
May 21, 2012