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Tyler Perry has hired a well-known medical examiner to conduct a second autopsy on his nephew, Gavin Porter's body, after the 26-year-old allegedly committed suicide in prison on Tuesday night.

Officials at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana insist Porter hanged himself in his cell, after being placed in solitary confinement following a fistfight with another inmate.

Porter's mother, Perry's sister, isn't convinced her son took his own life. She expressed her doubts which lead the Union Parish Sheriff's Office to open an investigation into the alleged suicide.

The Sheriff's Office noted there is no evidence of foul play. Porter was alone in the cell when he was found hanging.

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Perry, 50, is using his own clout by hiring Dr. Michael Baden to conduct a second autopsy on Porter's body.

Dr. Baden is best known for conducting a second autopsy on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in a Manhattan jail in August. Baden concluded Epstein's cause of death was homicide.

Explaining the move to hire Dr. Baden in a post on his Instagram page on Thursday night, the famed director wrote:

"I have hired Dr. Michael Baden to do a second autopsy, and we are expecting the results soon. I want to be clear that we are not a family of conspiracy theorists, and we want to believe that there was no foul play, just as the sheriff has stated publicly."

Perry added that he had hoped Porter would eventually turn his life around after being handed a 20-year prison sentence for fatally shooting his biological father in 2016.

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"Despite this horrible act, before he went to prison I went to see him in the local jail," Perry continued.

"I assured him that we all still loved him, but it was important to all of us, including his mother, that he was punished for this horrific crime that he had committed. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

"It was my hope that after serving his time, really reflecting, showing much remorse, and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come work for me. Where he would join all the other former inmates that work for me and turn his life around, just as they have. But that day will never come."

In an interview, Tyler confessed he struggled with thoughts of suicide after enduring years of abuse at the hands of his father.

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Rappers Yo Gotti and Jay-Z have filed a second lawsuit against Mississippi prison officials on behalf of 152 inmates over the "abhorrent and barbaric" conditions prisoners suffer at Parchman Farm.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, Feb. 26, against eight defendants including the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The lawsuit follows a similar one filed last month on behalf of 29 more inmates.

The latest suit details the "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation" prisoners at the facility, also known as Mississippi State Penitentiary, have had to endure over lack of funding and not enough staff.

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"The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental health care so extreme, and the defects in security so severe, that the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the U.S. Constitution," the complaint states.

Additionally, the complaint states that the prisoners, who live in "medieval" conditions at the jail, are rarely able to obtain any medical help they require - leading to inmates "inserting their own catheters, treating their own stab wounds, vomiting up blood, teetering on the verge of diabetic comas, and suffering through seizures without medical care.

Even a broken neck can go without treatment at Parchman, with the inmate being left to suffer through his injury while sleeping on exposed, steel bedsprings with no mattress."

Following the first lawsuit filed in January, an investigation into the conditions at Parchman and three other Mississippi prisons was opened by the Department of Justice. That investigation is ongoing.

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A Virginia mother wants answers after prison guards strip searched her 8-year-old daughter before she was allowed to visit her inmate father.

The unidentified mom said Diamond Peerman, the girlfriend of the girl's father, drove the girl to Buckingham Correctional Center to visit her dad on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Peerman said guards told the girl to strip after a drug-sniffing dog alerted guards to her.

The little girl hesitated to take her clothes off in front of strangers, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

Peerman, who is not the child's guardian, said she told the girl this was the only way she could visit her dad.

"I told her, that means you have to take all of your clothes off or you're not going to be able to see your dad," Peerman told the Virginian-Pilot. "That's when she started crying."

State policy allows strip searches at prisons. If a visitor refuses to be searched, they can be banned from the facility.

"That's outrageous," said Daniel Macallair, executive director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. "It's generally regarded in the criminal justice field that you do not strip search young children."

He called the strip search "an act of child abuse."

DOC Director of Communications Lisa Kinney said the allegation was "deeply troubling" and "represents a breach in protocol."

Kinney said she would take disciplinary action against the guards responsible for the search.

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The public is outraged over social media images of an inmate savoring a Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich in his jail cell - while everyone else stands in long lines and risks bodily injury or death to buy the coveted sandwich.

According to London's Dailymail.com, the photos were posted by a FACEBOOK user named Frank Gutta and shared across Twitter and other social platforms.

The images show the inmate enjoying the spicy chicken sandwich while sitting on his bunk in a 6x8 jail cell.

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The images are captioned: "TRYING TO SEE WHAT ALL THE HYPE ABOUT" and "THANKS BAE".

The hate was thick on social media, as Twitter users expressed their outraged. "N****s in jail ate the Popeyes chicken sandwich before me IM SICK," wrote one hungry user.

Another user tweeted: "Bruh gotta be busting down a female guard."

But not everyone was mad at the lucky inmate. One Twitter user was happy for the guy.

"Was gonna say this Popeye's sandwich is getting out of hand but the happiness I felt for dude getting that sandwich outweighs it all."

Popeyes franchise restaurants have become crime scenes as hungry consumers brawl and try to kill each other for the coveted sandwiches.

One 28-year-old man was stabbed to death and social media users uploaded videos showing fights and other violent incidents inside and outside the restaurants. But Popeyes was unbothered.

According to Fox News, the corporation asked its customers to "show some patience and love each other as much as it loves the restaurant."

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An escaped prisoner described as "extremely dangerous" was captured after he was spotted on security cameras outside a home in Henning, Tennessee at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Curtis Watson, 44, an inmate at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary, was on a work detail when he escaped on a tractor. The tractor was later found abandoned about a mile from the facility.

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Convicted murderer Cyntoia Brown is a free woman. She was released from prison today, Aug. 7. after Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam commuted her life sentence in January. Brown was a 16-year-old runaway when she fatally shot real estate agent John Allen, 43, in the back of the head while he slept in 2002. She was sentenced to life in prison in 2004.

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President Donald Trump's former consigliere Michael Cohen arrived at a federal prison about 70 miles north of New York City on Monday. Cohen will begin serving a three-year sentence for tax crimes and violations of campaign finance laws in connection with a payment to a former adult film star who had an affair with Trump.

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The HM Prison Service in the United Kingdom has ended the controversial policy of housing male-to-female (MtF) transgenders in all-female prisons.

The new policy calls for MtF prisoners to be housed in separate wings over concerns for the safety of genetic female prisoners.

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Incarcerated rapper Meek Mill will not be released from prison on Monday. The rapper's attorney disputed Internet rumors that claimed Meek, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, will be released following a hearing on Monday.

Rumors swirled on Twitter.com that Williams would be released from prison in time to attend the Philadelphia 76ers 1st playoff game.

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Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas, who murdered 10 people -- including 8 children -- in Brooklyn in 1984, was freed from an upstate New York prison in January, prison officials confirm.

Thomas, now 68, slaughtered 2 adults and 8 children in one of the worst mass shootings in New York history.

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Jon Venables

An unrepentant child killer wants a British court to pay for plastic surgery after his identity was exposed by a British actress. Jon Venables (pictured) was only 10 years old when he and another 10-year-old, Robert Thompson, kidnapped 2-year-old James Bulger from a shopping center and murdered him in 1993.

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Inmate Winfield

A double rapist who was transferred to a women's prison after he "transitioned" to a MtT (male-to-transgender) was put in isolation for sexually harassing female inmates.

Martin Ponting, 50, who changed his name to Jessica Winfield, was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 for raping 2 young girls.

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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez apparently left a message when he took his own life in his cell at a maximum security prison in Shirley, Massachusetts early Wednesday.

According to CBS Boston affiliate WBZ, Hernandez, 27, scrawled a bible verse on his forehead in his own blood.

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