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 Commissioner Pelicia Hall announced Thursday that the department is moving 400 inmates housed in regional jails back into state-run prisons. The inmates were sent to […]
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 told WAPT-TV on Friday that 38-year-old Katrina Denise Turner was arrested Wednesday. Authorities say a K-9 search of employees revealed a leafy substance in an […]
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 charge and the loss of her job. Megan Deese, 27, had 22 cell phones, five Bluetooth devices, 10 cell phone batteries, about 1.5lbs of spice and […]
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 long hours and low pay and have expressed concerns about their own safety because of short staffing. Interim Corrections Commissioner Rick McCarty told the House […]
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.