Last year, 134 people died in Missouri prisons. ‘No one wants to deal with the situation.’

Ten days before Christmas, LaShon Hudson got a call from a jail official in Missouri who broke the heartbreaking news that her 30-year-old son had died.

The Kansas City woman has received few updates and details from the Missouri Department of Corrections since then.

This week, she became frustrated and said, “I’m not getting any answers and it’s driving me crazy,” during a phone interview with The Star.

The Missouri Department of Corrections reports that Michael Hudson was one of 134 inmates who passed away in 2023.

Concerns about the amount of deaths taking place in the state’s prisons are being voiced by advocates. They contend that the agency is not doing enough to guarantee access to quality healthcare, deter violence, and stop drug overdoses.

The creator of the Missouri Justice Coalition, Michelle Smith, has called on the department of corrections and government authorities to act quickly to improve the current state of affairs.

Smith screamed, clearly frustrated, “It’s a real problem.” However, no one seemed eager to take it on directly.

The group organized a memorial in Jefferson City’s Capitol building on Wednesday with the goal of bringing attention to the notable number of prisoners who passed away in the previous year.

According to Smith, many families have suffered the devastating loss of sons, daughters, wives, and husbands. Our Missouri Department of Corrections shows no compassion or understanding for either the families of the prisoners or the inmates themselves. It’s a really depressing scenario. As a result, we established the monument to give these impacted families comfort, spread awareness, and demonstrate our constant support.

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Hudson was incarcerated for 25 years at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking after being found guilty of assault and armed criminal conduct.

The deceased person’s mother, LaShon Hudson, revealed that her son was deeply curious and passionate about learning. Growing up in Kansas City, he welcomed the chance to learn more and pursue new interests. Despite having ADHD, he overcame his difficulties and earned his GED in 2015 while confined. He was actively pursuing his aim of becoming a paralegal, driven by determination to follow his passion.

LaShon Hudson recalls Michael with affection as a kind and loyal person. She calls him a true guardian who always has people’ best interests in mind.

Michael Hudson had a close relationship with his family, especially his cherished grandfather who would frequently pay him visits. He was well-known for his extreme dislike of seeing any kind of bullying. His sister, niece, and nephew were scheduled to pay him a visit on December 15.

Hudson’s death is presently under investigation, according to prisons department spokesperson Garry Brix, who is unable to discuss further at this time.

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