Inmates sent to state prisons as Mississippi sheriffs squawk

April 20, 2018 in News

  By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s prison system is removing some inmates from county-run jails to save money, but sheriffs are protesting the reductions. Corrections […]

Correctional officer arrested on drug charges in Mississippi

March 18, 2018 in News, The Buzz

LEAKESVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Prison officials in Mississippi say a correctional officer has been arrested after synthetic marijuana in her car parked at the facility. Mississippi Department of Corrections officials […]

Correctional officer caught trying to smuggle contraband into SMCI

May 14, 2015 in News, The Buzz

The Mississippi Link Newswire JACKSON –    A correctional officer at South Mississippi Correctional Institution attempting to smuggle cell phones, spice and other contraband into the prison is facing a criminal […]

South Mississippi prison in Leakesville could see major changes, prison chief says

December 9, 2014 in News, The Buzz

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The temporary head of Mississippi’s prison system told lawmakers Monday that he’s trying to improve conditions at South Mississippi Correctional Institution, where workers have complained about […]

Inmates harvest fall crops

January 4, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Enough vegetables, including broccoli, mustard and turnip greens, are being harvested now at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to feed the 12,000-plus offenders in the three main prisons and community work centers of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC).

Farming is one way the state cuts down on food cost to taxpayers, plus give hundreds of inmates something to do while serving time.

In addition to vegetables, the Mississippi Prison Agricultural Enterprises (MPAE) crop production also includes rice, wheat, soybeans and corn. There’s also a poultry facility with a capacity for 36,000 hens.