Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners.
Two people have been sentenced to federal prison for using Mississippi inmates’ identities to file fraudulent tax returns.
The Lowndes County Adult Detention Center will soon begin offering improved communication services to inmates.
Second chances are taking root in a modest gray building on Military Road in Columbus. The peeling, faded paint is gone. Choking weeds are a thing of the past. The roof leaks no more. This building is experiencing a rebirth. It’s what the hands and hearts behind SILO Inc. hope for every former inmate who walks through the doors.
Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.
Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas prison’s ventilation ducts, a murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck, and a Florida convict who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck.
Should Mississippi gear its prison policy to produce free inmate labor for local governments?
Mississippi sheriffs, county officials and others said at a Wednesday news conference that a future without free inmate labor will be one of higher taxes, uncollected garbage, littered highways, unpainted government buildings and unrepaired patrol cars.
Mississippi sheriffs say they are dismayed and puzzled by Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher’s decision to abolish a program that sends inmates to 30 county jails.
Approximately 21,394 Mississippians are incarcerated.
That’s roughly one out of every 140 citizens — the second highest incarceration rate per capita in the U.S.